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This I Believe

This I Believe

(2004)
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In this masterly, deeply personal, and provocative book, the internationally renowned Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, whose work has been called “a combination of Poe, Baudelaire, and Isak Dinesen” (Newsweek), steps back to survey the wellsprings of art and ideology, the events that have shaped our time, and his extraordinary life and fiercest passions.

Arranged alphabetically from “Amore” to “Zurich,” This I Believe takes us on a marvelous inner journey with a great writer. Fuentes ranges wide, from contradictions inherent in Latin American culture and politics to his long friendship with director Luis Buñuel.

Along the way, we find reflection on the mixed curse and blessing of globalization; memories of a sexual initiation in Zurich; a fond tracing of a family tree heavy with poets, dreamers, and diplomats; evocations of the streets, cafés, and bedrooms of Washington, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Cambridge, Oaxaca, and New York; and a celebration of literary heroes including Balzac, Cervantes, Faulkner, Kafka, and Shakespeare. Throughout, Fuentes captivates with the power of his intellect and his prose.


Here, too, are vivid, often heartbreaking glimpses into his personal life. “Silvia” is a powerful love letter to his beloved wife. In “Children,” Fuentes recalls the births of his daughters and the tragic death of his son; in “Cinema” he relives the magic of films such as Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz. Further extending his reach, he examines the collision between history and contemporary life in “Civil Society,” “Left,” and “Revolution.”

And he poignantly addresses the experiences we all hold in common as he grapples with beauty, death, freedom, God, and sex. By turns provocative and intimate, partisan and universal, this book is a brilliant summation of an international literary career. Revisiting the influences, commitments, readings, and insights of a lifetime, Fuentes has fashioned a magnificently coherent statement of his view of the world, reminding us once again why reading Fuentes is “like standing beneath the dome of the Sistine Chapel. . . . The breadth and enormity of this accomplishment is breathtaking” (The Denver Post).

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: This I Believe: An A to Z of a Life
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 1-4000-6246-2 / 978-1-4000-6246-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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September 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: This I Believe: An A-Z of a Writer's Life
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-7475-7337-9 / 978-0-7475-7337-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

May 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: This I Believe: An A to Z of a Life
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-8129-7254-6 / 978-0-8129-7254-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: This I Believe: An A-Z of a Writer's Life
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
ISBN: 0-7475-7338-7 / 978-0-7475-7338-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: This I Believe: An A to Z of a Life
Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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