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From the Nobel Prize-winning essayist and poet, a memoir - the story of the evolution of Octavio Paz's political ideas.

"Itinerary is somewhat autobiographical, for it is the story of the evolution of my political ideas. An intellectual biography but also a sentimental and even passionate one: what I thought and think about my time is inseparable from what I felt and feel.

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Published September 1st 1995 by Planeta Pub Corp (first published 1995)
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We are so involved in the particular chowder in which we are dog-paddling that we are unable to provide an accurate critique of what is happening to us. I have tried in my blogs to do so, but I must confess that I have my fingers on the scale and cannot always give good weight. That is when I turn to writers from Argentina, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Mexico who are able to see more clearly for the distance that separates us.

Octavio Paz's Itinerary is an intellectual odyssey of sorts, in which the...more
Itinerario consiste de dos partes: "La Espiral" sirve como poscripto al Laberinto de la soledad de Paz; "Explicaciones" incorpora entrevistas en las cuales Paz opina sobre varios temas de índole política y social. La mayor parte del libro está dedicada a trazar el itinerario personal y filosófico de su autor, desde su juventud como poeta y fellow traveler izquierdista, a su eventual desilusión con el proyecto sovieta y lo que denomina "las ideologías".

La obra tardía de Paz, como es representada...more
Octavio Paz’s Itinerary through space was varied: time in Spain (an educative time where he discovered Criticism), 10 years in the US, then post-war years in Paris, where he met the French giant writers of the time (Aragon, Eluard, Mauriac, Malraux, René Char and Sartre, to list a few), and finally some time in South East Asia as a diplomat.

So this short book is rich of his diversified experience, in areas of philosophy, literature and politics.

This led to what I would call a haunting questionne...more
This collection... intelligent, complex, poetic.
Christopher Flynn
I'm reading this in Spanish - no facing page translation (a different edition from the one listed here, bought in a bookstore in Mexico, so maybe it doesn't sell elsewhere). It's interesting (I think) - personal essays about Paz's own experiences as an artist and politically involved person. I'm slogging through a lot of pages about fights between communists in the 1940s right now, and if I'm reading it right, Paz is more of a Trotskyite, but with definite religious and other less communistic sy...more
Aaron Terrazas
I first read this book between my junior and senior years of high school in summer 2002. I have taken it with me wherever I move since then. I periodically reopen it and always find something new.
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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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