As a remembrance for Octavio Paz’s of his upcoming centennial in 2014, Coyoacán Editors, and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), published Jaime Perales Contreras’s biography “Octavio Paz y su círculo intelectual” (Octavio Paz and his Circle).
The new book on Mr. Paz brings together biography, literary criticism and political essay as genres. Finalist of the 20th Comillas Award of Biography, in Barcelona, Spain, the book presents new insights on writers and intellectuals whom the poet met along his career. Perales goes deep into Octavio Paz’s unique and fresh standpoint as editor of the magazines Plural (1971-1976) and Vuelta (1976-1998), as well as the cultural project that his two legendary publications gave to all Hispanic America.
Poet, essayist, ambassador and magazine editor, Octavio Paz was born in Mexico City in 1914. Among his vast and complex literary work, Paz wrote the poem “Sunstone” (1957) and the essays “The Labyrinth of Solitude” (1950) and “The Bow and the Lyre” (1956). Paz won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1990. He died eight years later, in 1998.
…”A mandatory reading for understanding the politics and culture of the last twenty years in the Americas of the twentieth century”—Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian novelist and Nobel Award winner for Literature.
Jaime Perales Contreras was born in Mexico City. He earned his PhD in literature and cultural studies from Georgetown University, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. He did his undergraduate studies in social sciences at ITAM. His previous work on Mr. Paz influenced quite a few studies on the poet’s work. He worked for 12 years at the Organization of American States (OAS) in the fields of Democracy and Humanitarian Security. He collaborated with different publications in Mexico, the United States and Brazil. As lecturer, he taught at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the school for U.S. diplomatic personnel based in Rosslyn V.A, at Georgetown University in Washington D.C, and ITAM in Mexico, City. He was a recipient of the William Fulbright Scholarship, The British Council Award Scholarship and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).
Mr. Perales currently writes a column on Latin American Cinema and Culture (Latin Cinema Examiner) for ventwing.com.
For more information about the book please contact: http://www.fce.com.mx/Librerias/Detalle.aspx?ctit=9786079014988