The Buried Mirror by Carlos Fuentes
Reflections on Spain and the New World

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An exploration of Spanish culture in Spain and the Americas traces the social, political, and economic forces that created that culture, taking a fresh look at the events of 1492 and setting them in the context of Spain's own multicultural roots. Tour.

About Carlos Fuentes

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Carlos Fuentes was born in 1928. He attended the National University of Mexico and did graduate work at the Institute des Hautes Etudes in Switzerland. In addition to writing, Fuentes has taught at a number of universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and Brown. He has also served as the ambassador of Mexico to France. Primarily known as a novelist, Fuentes has also written essays and screenplays. His interest in the history of his country is a central theme in his novels. These include The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo, which was later adapted as a film, and Terra Nostra. Terra Nostra won Fuentes the Romulo Gallegos Prize in Venezuela. Fuentes was also awarded the Cervantes Prize from the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
Published January 15, 1999 by Mariner Books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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A companion volume to an upcoming Discovery/BBC TV series, this passionate meditation on Hispanic cultural identity from Fuentes (Constancia, 1990, etc.) unfolds with all the color, urgency, and perhaps inevitable superficiality of a popular documentary.

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He paints a composite portrait of a dynamic culture through sophisticated meditations on Hernand Cortes's Machiavellian character, Spain's self-mutilating expulsion of its Jews, the pillage of Indian society, Goya and the Enlightenment, Bolivar's quest for self-rule, modern painting, and the Hisp...

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Ideally, we need a variety of films on heritage as seen by a variety of people, illuminating the interplay between myth and history, but this one is a beginning, a reminder that culture is dynamic, not static, constantly evolving through both conflict and cooperation within and between societies,...

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