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In this magical story of love and art, life and death, Carlos Fuentes entwines two narratives: one tells of the passion of orchestra conductor Gabriel Atlan-Ferrara for red-haired Mexican diva, Inez Prada; the other of the first encounter in human history between a man and a woman. Berlioz's music for The Damnation of Faust brings Atlan-Ferrara and Inez together, and continues to resound on every page of this haunting work. At the same time, the emergent love of neh-el and ah-nel - the original lovers - reminds us of the Faustian pact of love and death. The link between these two stories is a beautiful crystal seal that belongs to Atlan-Ferrara, who is obsessed by its meaning. Maybe this ancient and seductive object gives its bearer the ability to read unknown languages and hear music of impossible beauty...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 11mm | 133g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747568162
  • 9780747568162
  • 1,120,614

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'INEZ is a complex, focused novel suffused withdeath... Strange spirits and the impetus of Atlan-Ferrara's inevitable end haunt the book, yet music is the great symbol of hope and transcendence.' The Times 'Dazzling ... The translation by Margaret Sayers Paden is elegant' New York Times Book Review 'Passionate ... a paean to music and musical genius, to romantic love and the mysterious sources of language and creativity' Newsday
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About Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes, Mexico's leading novelist, was born in 1928. He has been his country's ambassador to France and is the author of more than ten novels.
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4 29% (164)
3 35% (196)
2 15% (86)
1 8% (47)
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