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The Campaign

(1991)
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Publisher's Weekly
Mexico's leading author follows up his stylistically experimental novel Christopher Unborn with this straightforward historical tale exploring the revolutionary fever that swept through 19th-century Latin America. After the Napoleonic invasion of Spain, the Hispanic colonies of the New World are thrown into turmoil. Fuentes's hero, Baltasar Bustos, callow idealistic son of an Argentine rancher who is seduced by the ideas of the French writer Rousseau and sickened by the racial inequality around him, becomes a guerrilla fighter in various Latin American rebellions. In an extravagant gesture, he kidnaps the newborn child of Ofelia Salamanca, wife of the presiding judge of the Argentine vice-royalty in Buenos Aires, and substitutes a black child in its place. That night a fire sweeps through Ofelia's apartments, killing the black infant. Filled with remorse, Bustos falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful Ofelia; their paths throughout war-torn Latin America cross frequently. His adventures bring him in contact with rebellious Indians, revolutionary clerics, local warlords and members of the entrenched white aristocracy. Fuentes's skill in fleshing out imaginary and real characters--General Jose de San Martin makes an appearance--yields lively and entertaining reading. The lovers are reunited--though not just as Bustos might have wished--in this novel about the ''romantic time'' in Latin American history, the first of a trilogy. (Oct.)

Library Journal
''On the night of May 24, 1810, my friend Baltasar Bustos entered the bedroom of the Marquise de Cabra . . . and kidnapped her newborn child. In its place, he put a black baby, the child of a prostitute who had just been publicly flogged.'' So begins Fuentes's short but complex new novel of ideas, which describes Bustos's passionate search for the Marquise, with whom he has fallen in love, and for justice throughout Spain's American colonies. Along the way, the chubby, intellectual Bustos fights against Spain, falls in with a guerrilla band, kills a man simply because he is an Indian, returns to the luxurious creole life, and finally flees to Mexico in search of the rebel priest Quintana. He learns that justice and liberty are not so easily reconciled, that he cannot impose the ideals he has learned in books on life's harsh realities. As Quintana tells him, ''Put all your ideas on one side of the balance, then put everything that negates them on the other, and then you'll be closer to the truth.'' Fuentes does not set himself up as a seer, able to deliver the truth, but as only a clear, cool commentator on human history. Highly recommended for collections of serious literature. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/91.-- Barbara Hoffert, ''Library Journal''

 
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Hardback Editions

November 1991 : UK Hardback
Title: The Campaign
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-233-98726-6 / 978-0-233-98726-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Deutsch
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October 1991 : USA Hardback
Title: The Campaign
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-374-11828-0 / 978-0-374-11828-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

July 1992 : USA Paperback
Title: The Campaign
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-06-097502-4 / 978-0-06-097502-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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December 1992 : UK Paperback
Title: The Campaign
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-330-32653-8 / 978-0-330-32653-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: The Campaign
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 1-5226-9357-2 / 978-1-5226-9357-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Campaign
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes, Alfred MacAdam (translator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

May 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Campaign
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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