Adam in Eden by Carlos Fuentes

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In this comic novel of political intrigue, Adam Gorozpe, a respected businessman in Mexico, has a life so perfect that he might as well be his namesake in the Garden of Eden -- but there are snakes in this Eden too. For one thing, Adam's wife Priscila has fallen in love with the brash director of national security -- also named Adam -- who uses violence against token victims to hide the fact that he's letting drug runners, murderers, and kidnappers go free. Another unlikely snake is the little Boy-God who's started preaching in the street wearing a white tunic and stick-on wings, inspiring Adam's brother-in-law to give up his job writing soap operas to follow this junior deity and implore Adam to do the same. Even Elle, Adam's mistress, thinks the boy is important to their salvation -- especially now that it seems the other Adam has put out a contract on Adam Gorozpe. To save his relationship, his marriage, his life, and the soul of his country, perhaps Adam will indeed have to call upon the wrath of the angels to expel all these snakes from his Mexican Eden.

 

About Carlos Fuentes

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The author of more than a dozen novels and story collections, Carlos Fuentes is Mexico's most celebrated novelist and critic. He has received numerous honors and awards throughout his lifetime, including the Miguel de Cervantes Prize and the Latin Literary Prize. Included among his books are Terra Nostra, Where the Air Is Clear, and Distant Relations. Alejandro Branger is a writer and filmmaker. He lives in New York City. Ethan Shaskan Bumas wrote the story collection The Price of Tea in China, which was a finalist for PEN America West Fiction Book of the Year. He teaches at New Jersey City University.
 
Published January 15, 2013 by Dalkey Archive Press. 201 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This satire of contemporary Mexican society by the celebrated late Mexican novelist and critic centers on Adam Gorozpe, a well-connected Mexico City lawyer and businessman.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

This Adam, Adam Gongora, has fallen for Priscilla and wants her for himself, so much so that he had a contract put out on Adam Gorozpe.

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Adam Gorozpe, a successful Mexico City lawyer who married into wealth, finds himself and his own life fascinating. His musings focus on himself, his wife, his in-laws, his mistress, and the nemesis—Mexico's chief of public security, also named Adam—who is cuckolding him. There's political intrigu...

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