Itinerary by Octavio Paz
An Intellectual Journey

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Itinerary is somewhat autobiographical, for it is the story of the evolution of my political ideas. An intellectual biography but also a sentimental and even passionate one: what I thought and think about my time is inseparable from what I felt and feel. Itinerary is the story and description of a journey through time, from one point to another, from my youth to my present moment. The line that traces this plan is neither straight nor circular but a spiral that turns back ceaselessly and ceaselessly distances itself from the point of departure. What we are living today brings me close to what I lived seventy years back and, simultaneously, irremediably and definitively distances me. Strange lesson: there is no turning back but there is no point of arrival. We are in transit. Itinerary is the final work of a great thinker and magnificent writer.

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Octavio Paz was born in 1914 and died in 1998. The author of eighteen books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. Jason Wilson has written has written for the Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Salon.
Published November 14, 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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""I am not writing my memoirs,"" claims Nobel laureate Paz in this posthumously published autobiographical essay, though in charting the development of his political convictions, the Mexican poet and writer furnishes readers with a rich history of his intellectual life.

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Octavio Paz was the first Mexican citizen to win the Nobel Prize for literature, but in many ways his life and work embraced a profundity that transcended geography, politics, or awards.

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