Agua quemada by Carlos Fuentes

By Carlos Fuentes

La Ciudad de México -espacio mítico, ambiguo y luminoso- es el escenario del presente volumen y el protagonista velado de los cuatro relatos que lo conforman.

Un pequeño parapléjico, un gay aristocrático, un anciano revolucionario y su nieto, un joven barriobajero que se emplea como sicario encubierto. Nadie es inocente, nadie puede fingir bondad, todas las cosas son corruptas o corruptoras.

Sus personajes transitan por espacios y momentos trágicos y festivos, como ellos mismos: un normal nostálgico ante l. a. revolución mexicana, cada vez más corrompida; una anciana olvidada y su oscura relación con un niño paralítico de las vecindades del centro; un solterón acaudalado que no alcanza a comprender los angeles pobreza ni los angeles desaparición del mito fundador de su prestige, y un lumpen que, mientras traba un combate con las palabras, termina como guardaespaldas de quien le ha causado tanto dolor... Todos ellos comparten el territorio doloroso, caótico y resentido de los angeles ciudad.

La crítica ha opinado:

"... los angeles vida en los angeles ciudad de México, desde el estrato más bajo al más alto... hay belleza, pasión y genialidad aquí... " -Publishers Weekly -

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I'll see you in Keling" had been his only parting with Ganil. Ganil had seen none of the other Learners. Only serfs, servants, beggars, truant schoolboys, and women with their nursemaids and whining children stood with him now in the dull light of noon on the great forecourt of the College. Only riffraff and the idle gathered to see a heretic die. A priest had ordered Ganil to stand at the very front . of the crowd. Many people glanced curiously at him, standing there alone in his Master's cloak.

Through the window behind him the two square towers of Notre Dame loomed in the Spring dusk. In front of him on the table lay a hunk of cheese and a huge, ironlatched, handwritten book. The book was called (in Latin) On the Primacy of the Element Fire over the Other Three Elements. ing. Its author stared at it with loath- Nearby on a small iron stove a small alembic sim- mered. Jehan Lenoir mechanically inched his chair nearer the stove now and then, for warmth, but his thoughts were on deeper problems.

People bored me. All like me on the outside, all alien to me on the inside. When everything's alike, which place is home? But now I've seen an unhygienic room . . with insufficient heating. Now I've seen a cathedral not Now I've met a living man who's shorter than me, with bad teeth and a short temper. " "Alone," Lenoir said gently to Barry. "Loneliness, in ruins. 36 The Wind's Twelve Quarters eh? Loneliness is the spell, loneliness is stronger. . " Bota was peering round the doorway, her face flushed between the black tangles of her hair.

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