Alternating Current (Paperback)

By Octavio Paz

Arcade, 9781611451139, 226pp.

Publication Date: April 18, 2011

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Description

In its front-page review of Alternating Current, The New York Times Book Review called Octavio Paz “an intellectual literary one-man band” for his ability to write incisively and with dazzling originality about a wide range of subjects. This collection of his essays is divided into three parts. Part 1 sets forth his credo as an artist and poet, steeped in his knowledge of world literature and Mexican art and history and buttressed by readings of writers from Mexican poet Luis Cernuda to D. H. Lawrence, Malcolm Lowry, André Breton, and Carlos Fuentes. Part 2 deals with themes such as Western individualism versus plurality and flux in Eastern philosophy, atheism versus belief, nihilism, liberated man, and versions of paradise. In Part 3, Paz writes of politics and ethics in essays on revolt and revolution, existentialism, Marxism, the third world, and the new face of Latin America.

A scintillating thinker and a prescient voice on emerging world culture, Paz reveals himself here as “a man of electrical passions, paradoxical visions, alternating currents of thoughts, and feeling that runs hot but never cold” (Christian Science Monitor).



About the Author

Octavio Paz was born in 1914 in Mexico City and served as the Mexican ambassador to India from 1962 to 1968. He was the author of many volumes of poetry as well as literary and art criticism and works on politics, culture, and Mexican history. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990, he was also awarded the Jerusalem Prize, the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He died in 1998.


Praise For Alternating Current

“Brilliant . . . A stimulating book, electric in its energies, the shock of its thought.”—Boston Globe

“Reads like a poet’s prose: quick, flashing, and idiosyncratic. . . . [His essays] do not close discussions so much as open them.”—The New Yorker

“Paz is by vocation a believer in alternatives, in new ways in which tradition and change can nourish each other. In his special detachment, he can afford to regard the past with love, the future without panic.” —Time

"With the translation of Alternating Current, readers . . . can make the acquaintance of a man of electrical passions, paradoxical visions, alternating currents of thoughts, and feeling that runs hot but never cold”—Christian Science Monitor

“Brilliant . . . A stimulating book, electric in its energies, the shock of its thought.”—Boston Globe

“Reads like a poet’s prose: quick, flashing, and idiosyncratic. . . . [His essays] do not close discussions so much as open them.”—The New Yorker

“Paz is by vocation a believer in alternatives, in new ways in which tradition and change can nourish each other. In his special detachment, he can afford to regard the past with love, the future without panic.” —Time

"With the translation of Alternating Current, readers . . . can make the acquaintance of a man of electrical passions, paradoxical visions, alternating currents of thoughts, and feeling that runs hot but never cold”—Christian Science Monitor