La voluntad y la fortuna / Destiny and Desire by Carlos Fuentes
A Novel (Spanish Edition)

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As Cain and Abel, two brothers confront each other for their father's lover, the most powerful man in the country. La voluntad y la fortuna is the great novel of Mexico s past and the present of a Narconation . An incredible and real story; Fuente s most awaited novel. Caressed by the gentle nighttime waves of a beach in the Pacific Ocean, the severed head of Josue Nadal remembers, digresses and tells its story. It knows that in the course of that year, his is the thousandth. It also knows the country cannot offer half of its population jobs, food or education. It knows that is why crime reigns. As if that weren t enough, it also knows that evil is celebrated as the greater good, as the natural consequence of will and fortune. Description in Spanish: Lamida por mansas olas nocturnas en una playa del Pacifico, la cabeza cortada de Josue Nadal cuenta, recuerda, divaga. Sabe que es la numero mil en lo que va de ano y que gobierna la delincuencia (traficante o corporativa) con tal cinismo que incluso se celebra el mal como si fuera el bien de la voluntad y la fortuna. En Mexico no hay tragedia: todo se vuelve telenovela. Josue aspiro a entender el mundo en tanto Jerico, su amigo entranable, llego a admirar a Cain. Ambas voluntades chocan tras recabar agravantes en la premeditacion y alevosia de Asunta Jordan, mujer indomita. En cambio, Lucha Zapata representa el peligro de la generosidad y el amor. El vasto reparto de esta obra incluye Filopater, el cura rebelde; el magnate Max Monroy; el abogado Antonio Sangines, intermediario entre estado y empresa; Miguel Aparecido, encarcelado por propia voluntad, y por encima (o por debajo) la matriarca, la Antigua Concepcion. Por que si hay cinco tigres en una jaula cuatro se alian para matar a uno? Esta novela iniciatica, espesa como el corazon de las tinieblas, propone algunas respuestas.
 

About Carlos Fuentes

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Carlos Fuentes was born in Panama on November 11, 1928. He studied law at the National University of Mexico and did graduate work at the Institute des Hautes Etudes in Switzerland. He entered Mexico's diplomatic service and wrote in his spare time. His first novel, Where the Air Is Clear, was published in 1958. His other works include The Death of Artemio Cruz, Destiny and Desire, and Vlad. The Old Gringo was later adapted as a film starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda in 1989. He won numerous awards including the Fuentes the Romulo Gallegos Prize in Venezuela for Terra Nostra, the National Order of Merit in France, the Cervantes Prize in 1987, and Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for literature in 1994. He also wrote essays, short stories, screenplays, and political nonfiction. In addition to writing, he taught at numerous universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and Brown. He served as the ambassador of Mexico to France. He died on May 15, 2012 at the age of 83.
 
Published October 20, 2008 by Alfaguara. 552 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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