by Octavio Paz
El tema de este libro es una reflexion sobre lo que ha ocurrido en Mexico desde que escribi El laberinto de la soledad y de ahi que haya llamado a este ensayo: Posdata. (Octavio Paz)
Paperback, 148 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Siglo XXI Ediciones
(first published 1970)
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this essay for many reasons. First, there is tangible transition between this work and "El Laberinto de la Soledad." The Massacre of Tlatleloco in October of 1968 in La Plaza de las Tres Culturas forced Paz to adjust his perspective on the Mexican government and his country in general. Second, Paz's writing style contains such a personal touch. The reader can clearly feel the immense depth of Paz's interest and dedication to expressing his ideas and interpretations....more
I think the question Paz puts forth in his "Nota" is the central theme of Posdata: "Podemos concebir un model de desarrollo sue sea nuestra version de modernized? This inquiry is at the heart of his essay and strikes at the core of the Mexican Revolution, which he calls "un fracaso." In this way, Paz proposes that the Mexican Revolution did not bring lasting, meaningful development for the Mexican people. He contrasts Mexico with the United States, the world's example of a developed and prospero...more
Throughout Laberinto de soledad Paz focuses a lot of his analysis inward, looking at the state of Mexican society and identity. One thing I enjoyed about "Postdata" was the more in-depth contextualization of Mexican affairs within the global framework of the 1960s. He makes the reader realize that the protests surrounding the 1968 Olympics were part of a much larger, international student movement. I also found it interesting that even after decades, it seemed that Mexico was still as concerned...more
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...
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