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Christopher Unborn

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Mexico, 1991: Black acid rain falls on Makesicko City, the most polluted, most populated city in the world. Amid this apocalyptic landscape a prize is being offered to the first child born on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America. That child is the narrator of this passionate, savage novel by one of the world's preeminent writers."
Paperback, 531 pages
Published October 31st 1990 by Vintage Books (first published 1986)
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Rodrigo
¡Wow! Fuentes me ganó de nuevo. Una novela impresionante. Sí, es cierto que, con Fuentes, uno siempre se pregunta si el señor quiere contarnos una historia o simplemente hacer alarde de un manejo perfecto del lenguaje, por lo que algunas de sus obras son aburridas, totalmente incomprensibles. Pero aunque acá también haya pasajes muy difíciles de leer, la historia de Cristóbal Nonato te atrapa completamente. Los personajes son increíbles, llenos de significados: los Four Jodiditos, Colasa, Matamo ...more
Teda
"...do you know what you are doing when you expel me to the world, Mother? Have you taken account of your responsibility and my own? You expel me to the earth knowing that I am going to violate it, just as you, and my father, and Homero Fagoaga and a pair of blind Indians with wooden hoes and Don Ulises López armed with lawsuits and checkbooks and bonds without bonds: `will the very earth that we violate receive us, will you tell me, you and my father? We kill the earth in order to be able to li ...more
Thom Dunn
NINE MONTHS OF PLENITUDE

In 1987 the celebrated Mexican writer, Carlos Fuentes, published a rollicking tour-de-force in Cristobal Nonato, the nine-month long monologue of a child, on Cristobal Palomar. The story goes like this: Christobal's parents enter a contest promising fame, reward, and political power to that child born on October 12, 1992 and bearing a surname conate with Colon (North American, Columbus). For contest entrants, then, the given name Cristobal is a necessity. The lengthy na
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Alfredo
Tenía meses que no me enfrentaba a la pedantería literaria como me ha sucedido en esta ocasión. Y es que darse a la lectura de Cristóbal Nonato lo expone a uno a una cátedra monstruosa de pedantería literaria, de cosas dichas por el simple placer de decirlas, de frases enormes que no conducen a ningún lado, de aliteraciones a cada página, de juegos y malabares de palabras embutidos un párrafo sí y uno no sin que tengan la menor relación con lo que se narra. Un texto en el que Fuentes se da vuelo ...more
Ejkaretny
Uno de los mejor que he leido en mi vida entira
Nihan
Aslında yazar, halkı oyuna getirip, uyutup üzerlerine bir güzel kirli hava üfleyen tüm ideolojilerle çok güzel dalga geçiyor. Ama o kadar çok kelime safsatası var ki... Anlamsız kelimeler çorbasının içinden hikayeyi çıkarmaya çalışıyorsunuz. Ama kaşığınız yarıya kadar bile dolmuyor.

Kitabı sevmeyip yarım bırakmamın bir diğer sebebi de, aşırı iğrençliklerle yapılmış cinsellik benzetmeleri. 50 yaşına gelmiş adamların nedir bu cinsellikle derdini anlatma merakı anlamıyorum. Neden halkların nasıl ezi
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Selena
I have marked this book read, although I haven't finished it. I couldn't find the book's rythym, if there is such a thing, and was never pulled into the story or the characters. I wish future readers the best of luck!
Celisa Steele
I'm reading this for my next book group meeting. About 100 pages in, it's reminding me of John Barth's The Tidewater Tales, and I love that book.
Jenny Beth
A latin american Tristram Shandy... but Carlos Fuentes is so masterful and beautiful and this book is very worth spending some time with
Encarna Castillo
De lectura densa, este libro es una aproximación a la esencia mexicana.
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Carlos Fuentes Macías was a Mexican writer and one of the best-known novelists and essayists of the 20th century in the Spanish-speaking world. Fuentes influenced contemporary Latin American literature, and his works have been widely translated into English and other languages.

Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama; his parents were Mexican. Due to his father being a diplomat, during his childhoo
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