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Essays deal with the author's credo as an artist and poet, the sixties drug culture, modern atheism, politics, and ethics.
Paperback, 226 pages
Published January 18th 1991 by Arcade Pub (first published August 12th 1967)
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Eliana Rivero
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustaron más la primera y segunda parte (drogas y ateísmo); la terecera parte me aburrió un poco. Y además, me gusta mucho como escribe Octavio Paz.
Juan Rivera
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After reading this book I came to the following conclusions:

- Sometimes I think I am cult, but I'm completely ignorant, especially about paintings, theater, literature, etc. Octavio Paz itself was a person with culture.

- As for religion I think looking the other religions from the right-Christian perspective. I think it does not help to truly understand the views of other religions. To understand them must be lived and spending time with people that professes them.

- Finally their political conce
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Elena
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Alternating ideas (as the title of the book suggests), this compendium of essays has a few common characteristics: a scrutinizing analysis of the world, humanistic views of Octavio Paz and the last, but not the least, the reflection of his genius. Although at a glance, this all looks like an amalgamation of thoughts: poetry, Marxism, Sartre, Baudelaire, drugs, revolution, Maoism, industrialization and Third world countries; they all come together under Octavio Paz sincere concern for humanity an ...more
Fredrik
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very uneven with brilliant thoughts and ideas mixed with long uninteresting passages on to me obscure parts of poetry (however the error is on my behalf...). Clearly the work of a very big mind.
Samir Rawas Sarayji
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sharing Paz's thoughts is always a mind-stretching adventure. His essays are eloquent, logical and informative, while his all encompassing ideas build bridges between different theories, movements and disciplines. The book is divided into three sections, where the first focuses on poetry, the second on drugs and aesthetics, and the third on politics. Personally, I was mostly invested in the first part, as that is where my interest lay. I did enjoy and (learn a lot) from the other two parts, but ...more
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Octavio Paz Lozano 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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