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By Nicholas Caistor

Whilst Octavio Paz received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990, it used to be in acceptance of the truth that for a few years he have been the pre-eminent poet within the Spanish conversing international. His paintings takes the traditions of Mexican poetry in addition to French and Spanish affects, and provides what he himself learn of his contemporaries in Mexico, Britain and France, particularly, the Surrealists. yet Paz was once additionally an outstanding polemicist and essayist, defined by way of V. S. Naipaul as one of those Mexican George Orwell'. He made an important contribution to highbrow debates on Mexican paintings and identification, its connections with the united states, and the eu historical past of Latin the US. Nick Caistor examines how Paz, born through the Mexican Revolution, participated within the makes an attempt to carry a utopian revolution to his kingdom, which used to be rising into the fashionable international after many years of repressive rule. whilst, he was once cautious of ideology enforcing itself on paintings and continually sought an self sufficient place. Later, Paz lived within the united states, Europe and, as a member of the Mexican diplomatic provider, in India, returning to his domestic nation in 1968 the place he grew to become an influential critic of the regime in strength. in addition to analyzing Paz's highbrow adventures, Caistor relates his interesting inner most lifestyles his marriages and friendships with top figures of Mexican and Latin American cultural existence, in addition to with very important literary figures in France, Britain, the us and Italy. Caistor unearths how Paz's poetry and different writing have been continually in detail relating to the conditions of his existence, and exhibits how his principles and poetic expression have been encouraged by way of the occasions during which he used to be concerned.

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