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The Monkey Grammarian

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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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Riku Sayuj

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
No sabría cómo definir este libro, y creo que es parte de su belleza. Paz juega con el lenguaje como un niño con plastilina, lo arma, desarma, deforma, cuestiona. Tiene sensualidad, poesía, imágenes hermosas. Recomendadísimo. Pero estoy obsesionada con Paz, así que no me hagan mucho caso, o no, mejor si, haganme caso.
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
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"Me di cuenta de que mi texto no iba a ninguna parte" dice Paz y, precisamente, yo creo que ese es el problema. Terrible caso. El texto es bonito pero no tiene algo detrás. "Ay, pero si el agua, ay, si no sabe a nada".
Art and India. This piece is rhythmic, sensual and peaceful. I have a sacred temple in my heart for pages and pages of poetry regarding exotic trees their medicinal uses. This is by far my favorite book of poetry.
Unlike most poststructuralist musings on language, Paz's are not only readable and engaging, but fascinating. Highly recommended for those who like words and philosophy of language.
Surprised by the pleasure of enjoying the translation as much as I had enjoyed the work in it s original language. Perhaps such pleasure derives from the sense-awaking way in which our Mexican renowned-artist, Octavio Paz, paints intricate designs on the canvas of language, using multifarious tones from his palate of language to paint language and so on.
Mauricio Uribe
Tremendo glosador que supo encubrir (en realidad muy pocas veces) las lecturas que le fascinaron. Roba como un artista, dice un poeta texano, y Paz lo sabe hacer excelentemente, sin embargo esa brillantez de no dar crédito la siento, en muchas ocasiones, como un insulto; en esta ocasión, por citar sólo un ejemplo, no refiere que gran parte de "su" teoría del lenguaje proviene de Wittgenstein. Para ser un hombre determinado por el pensamiento binario, un mal traductor, un ensayista de verdades po ...more
José Angel Daza
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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?

Me resultó complicado seguir el ritmo y lenguaje de Paz, pero con tiempo y ganas es posible (aún para alguien como yo) disfrutar de su exquisito léxico y recursos.
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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.")
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