Synopses & Reviews
From the mysterious cave drawings at Altamira to the explosive graffiti on the walls of East Los Angeles, images in Spain and the Americas speak to us of the astonishing richness and vitality of Spanish culture. Now Fuentes, an internationally renowned novelist and diplomat, provides a unique history of the forces that have created this remarkable culture. 157 illustrations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 366-384) and index.
As the Los Angeles Times said: "Drawing expertly on five centuries of the cultural history of Europe and the Americas, Fuentes seeks to capture the spirit of the new, vibrant, and enduring civilization [in the New World] that began in Spain." Fuentes's singular success in this remarkable endeavor has made the book a classic in its field. (A Mariner Reissue).
About the Author
Carlos Fuentes is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Terra Nostra, The Old Gringo, The Crystal Frontier, and The Years with Laura Diaz, as well as numerous literary and political essays. He divides his time between Mexico City and London.
Table of Contents
pt. 1. Thevirgin and the bull --1.Sun and shadow --2. Theconquest of Spain --3. Thereconquest of Spain --4.1492 : the crucial year --pt. 2. Theconflict of the gods --5. Therise and fall of the Indian world --6. Theconquest and reconquest of the New World --pt. 3.children of La Mancha --7. Theage of empire --8. Thecentury of gold --9. Thebaroque culture of the New World --10. Theage of Goya --11.Toward independence --pt. 4. Theprice of freedom --12.Simâon Bolâivar and Josâe De San Martâin --13. Thetime of tyrants --14. Theculture of independence --15.Land and liberty --pt. 5.Unfinished business --16.Latin America --17.Contemporary Spain --18.Hispanic U.S.A.