A New Time for Mexico
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A New Time for Mexico

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In the essays in A New Time for Mexico, Carlos Fuentes discusses the history, origins and nature of Mexico's political system and the unforeseen, tumultuous events that began in 1994 with the rebellion in Chiapas and continued with a rash of assassinations, the break between presidents Salinas and Zedillo, and continual traumas for a society making the transition from auth...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published June 1996)
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I am finding this book challenging, as there are a great many things and persons referred to that I am unfamiliar with, but Fuentes' philosophical musings and and lyrical prose are enjoyable and illuminating. Although the book is now dated (in my copy it was last updated in 1999), I picked it up before going to Mexico to supplement my meager knowledge of this place. I am glad I did...more as I work through it.
This enlightening book tells of Mexico's long history and the problems it is facing. I learned that much of Mexico is indigenous, not totally wiped out by the Spanish. It has a difficult history with the US because we both plague it and support it. Mexico needs a strong democracy, something that has evidence of happening only recently. Fuentes is an intellectual writer.
Fuentes is the true living scholar of Mexico and this book is a work of history as well as art. he doesn't miss much and anyone wqnting to understand Mexico needs to read this book.
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I finished it a while ago...it was challenging but interesting. I can see going back to read it again in a year or two. Lots of information!
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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...more
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