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Octavio Paz : a meditation

Author: Ilan Stavans
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Octavio Paz: Nobel Prize winner, author of The Labyrinth of Solitude and Sor Juana, or, the Traps of Faith, precursor and pathfinder, a guiding light of the Mexican intelligentsia in the twentieth century."
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stavans, Ilan.
Octavio Paz.
Tucson, : University of Arizona Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)606823777
Named Person: Octavio Paz; Octavio Paz; Octavio Paz; Octavio Paz; Octavio Paz
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ilan Stavans
ISBN: 0816520909 9780816520909 0816520917 9780816520916
OCLC Number: 47140569
Description: 87 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Ilan Stavans.

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"Octavio Paz: Nobel Prize winner, author of The Labyrinth of Solitude and Sor Juana, or, the Traps of Faith, precursor and pathfinder, a guiding light of the Mexican intelligentsia in the twentieth century."

"In this small, memorable meditation on Octavio Paz as a thinker and man of action, Ilan Stavans - described by the Washington Post as "one of our foremost cultural critics" and by the New York Times as "the czar of Latino culture in the United States"--Ponders Paz's intellectual courage against the ideological tapestry of his epoch and shows us what lessons can be learned from him. He does so by exploring such timeless issues as the crossroads where literature and politics meet, the place of criticism in society, and Mexico's difficult quest to come to terms with its own history."

"Stavans reflects on Paz's personal struggle with Marxism and surrealism, his reflections on pachucos, his analysis of love and erotism, his study of the life and legacy of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and his influence as a magazine editor. But this extraordinary rumination is not only a thought-provoking appraisal of Paz; it is also a feast for the myriad admirers of Stavans, himself a spirited, mordant essayist who is not afraid of controversy."

"This explains why Richard Rodriguez has portrayed Stavans as "the rarest of North American writers - he sees the Americas whole," and then added, "Not since Octavio Paz has Mexico given us an intellectual so able to violate borders with learning and grace." Octavio Paz: A Meditation is a fitting addition to Stavan's own oeuvre that will stimulate discerning readers."--Jacket.

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"Amherst Scholar Ilan Stavans has been called 'the czar of Latino culture in the United States, ' and this elegantly slender, deftly wrought tribute to the Mexican literary titan Octavio Paz more Read more...

 
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