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The Years with Laura Diaz

The Years with Laura Diaz

A Novel

Carlos Fuentes Translated from Spanish by Alfred MacAdam

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


A radiant and epic new novel that is among the finest achievements of Mexico's greatest man of letters.

The Years With Laura Diaz is Carlos Fuentes' most important novel in several decades. Like his masterpiece The Death of Artemio Cruz, the action begins in the state of Veracruz and moves to Mexico City--tracing a migration during the Revolution and its aftermath that was a feature of Mexico's demographic history and that is a significant element in Fuentes's fictional world.

Now the principle figure is not Artemio Cruz (who, however, makes a brief appearance) but Fuentes's first major female protagonist, the extraordinary Laura Diaz. Carlos Fuentes's richly woven narrative tapestry-filled with a multitude of dramatic scenes both witty, amusing, and heartbreaking-shows us this wonderful creature as she grows into a politically committed artist who is also a wife and mother, a lover of great men, a complicated and alluring heroine whose brave honesty prevails despite her losing a son and grandson to the darkest forces of Mexico's repressive, corrupt regimes. In the end, Laura Diaz herself dies, after a life filled with tragedy and loss, but she is a happy woman, for she has borne witness to, and helped to affect, the course of history and has vindicated the aims and intentions of the highest art.

1. Detroit: 1999
I KNEW THE STORY. What I didn't know was the truth. In a way, my very presence was a lie. I came to Detroit to begin a television documentary on the Mexican muralists in the United States. Secretly, I was more interested...

Praise for The Years with Laura Diaz

“This novel is like a great painting, like a mural a complex mosaic of national and personal history . . . As a Mexican woman, I would like to celebrate Fuentes for choosing The Years with Laura Díaz with which to close this conflicted twentieth century. It is worthy of applause-that a man who has seen, observed, analyzed and criticized as no one else has its great occurrences, has witnessed the rise and fall of governments, the birth and death of hopes-now has a woman, Laura Díaz, speak for him.” —Laura Esquivel, Reforma

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Carlos Fuentes Translated from Spanish by Alfred MacAdam

Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) was one of the most influential and celebrated voices in Latin American literature. He was the author of 24 novels, including Aura, The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo and Terra Nostra, and also wrote numerous plays, short stories, and essays. He received the 1987 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.

Fuentes was born in Panama City, the son of Mexican parents, and moved to Mexico as a teenager. He served as an ambassador to England and France, and taught at universities including Harvard, Princeton, Brown and Columbia. He died in Mexico City in 2012.

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