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Convergences: Essays on Art and Literature

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Engrossing essays that reflect the author’s vast and subtle knowledge of the world. Topics range from the religious rites of the Aztecs to modern american painting, from Eastern art and religion to love and eroticism. Translated by Helen Lane.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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"Between meaning and meaninglessness, between saying and silence, a spark is struck; a knowing without knowing, a comprehending without understanding, a speaking while remaining silent. We can still hear, in what we say, the meanings that we do not voice."

"The modern religion of art turns round and round in circles without finding the road to salvation; it goes from the negation of meaning through the object, to the negation of the object through meaning."

Paz is wonderful. Thought-provoking and
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So well written and so accessible.
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Absolutely amazing!
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Este fue uno de los primeros textos que leí del autor, cerca de los 17 años. Recuerdo que las ediciones de Seix Barral tenía portadas muy atractivas (con obras de arte) y esta me llamó definitivamente la atención. Estos libros los conseguía (por cuestiones geográficas y a falta de alguna que otra librería por acá en el norte del Edo. de México en ese entonces) en la librería de Liverpool, que se encontraba en el último piso. En fin, el libro me permitió incrementar mi vocuabulario en primer luga ...more
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