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The Monkey Grammarian
Written while the Nobel Prize–winning author was the Mexican ambassador to India, this is a dazzling mind-journey to the temple city of Galta, "a sumptuous feast of visual imagery" (SFChronicle). Hanuman, the red-faced monkey god and ninth grammarian of Hindu mythology, is the protagonist, offering an occasion for Octavio Paz to explore the nature of time and reality, fixi ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 18th 1991 by Arcade Publishing
(first published 1972)
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Sep 25, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it 4 of 5 stars
Not a word in the dictionary to rest your head on. How can a true lover of language endorse it? How can a Grammarian escape himself? Hanuman watches the city he will destroy - first by naming and then by fire; Paz observes the Noble Monkey and destroys him by writing about him; and then sets himself down on paper, to be destroyed by the reader as he reads. The words flowing into meaning, the meanings flowing out as they do. Paz reads about Valmiki who had read Hanuman's readings of the battle of ...more
Octavio Paz in his philosophical writings is a mad irreverent lone-ranger prophet of words, sounds and the stuff of robust, far-ranging euro-indocentric myth-meddling glutton of ideas. In Conjunctions and Disjunctions, you get the sense that for the author, the only ancient worlds that existed were indo/sino/saxon/aztec. Perhaps thats all there is??!! For Paz, these were intellectual civilizations whose underpinning is eroticism and exorcism with himself as the magicien alchemist, a true peddlar ...more
Ensayo poético filosófico en torno a la creación. ¿Es la escritura poética un camino para llegar a algún lugar? ¿a la búsqueda de sentido? O por el contrario es la escritura poética una crítica del lenguaje, un desvanecimiento de las apariencias?
Octavio Paz Lozano (March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998) was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature ("for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.")More about Octavio Paz...