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 basic 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 l. a. pobreza ni l. a. 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 l. a. 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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N; sorrlething incredibly ancient yet young as the speeding moment, something of a world before and beyond man. McKay listened, McKay watched, lost in wonder; his own world more than half forgotten; his mind meshed in web of Sreensorcery. The woman besidehim touched his arm. Shepointed to the girl. "Yet she withers," she said. ,, He looked; he saw that the red was draining slowly from the girl's lips, the luminous life tides waning; the eyes that had been so bright were misting and growing dull once more, suddenly a great pity and a great rage shook him.

I do not like people too close to me. " asked Polleau. It is happy there, and this side is not happy, M'sieu. " "That little wood yonder," answeredMcKay, and pointed to the coppice. "Ah! He looked at McKay, sombrely. "That wood is not for sale,M'sieu," he said at last. A. Mennrrr 59 "I can afford to pay well for what I want," said McKay. " "Oh, come," laughed McKay, although his heart sank at the finality in that answer. I can afford to gratify my fancies. " "You have asked what that place that you so desire is, and you have answered that it is but a few trees," said Polleau, slowly, and the tall son behind him laughed, abruptly, maliciously.

Now it had been the wont of these six warriors of old, as each receivedhis last wound and knew it to be mortal, to ride away to a certain deep ravine and cast his body in, as somewhere I have read great elephantsdo, hiding their bones^way from lesserbeasts. It was a ravine steepand narrow even at the ends,a great cleft into which no man could come by any path. There rode Welleran alone, panting hard; and there later rode Soorenardand Mommolek, Mommolek with a mortal wound upon him not to return/ but Soorenardwas unwounded and rode back alone from leaving his dear friend resting among the mighty bones of Welleran.

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