In 1951 Octavio Paz travelled to India to serve as an attache in the Mexican Embassy. Eleven years later he returned as Mexico's ambassador. In Light of India is Paz's celebration of that country and his most personal work of prose to date. As in all of his essays, he brings poetic insight and voluminous knowledge to bear on the subject, and the ...
In 1951 Octavio Paz travelled to India to serve as an attache in the Mexican Embassy. Eleven years later he returned as Mexico's ambassador. In Light of India is Paz's celebration of that country and his most personal work of prose to date. As in all of his essays, he brings poetic insight and voluminous knowledge to bear on the subject, and the result is a series of fascinating discourses on India's landscape, culture and history. 'The Antipodes of Coming and Going' is a lyrical remembrance of Paz's days in India, evoking with astonishing clarity the sights, sounds, smells and denizens of the subcontinent. 'Religions, Castes, Languages' gives a survey of Indian history and its astonishing polyglot society. 'A Project of Nationhood' is an examinatino of modern Indian politics, comparing the respective Islamic, Hindu and Western civilizations through the course of history. 'The Full and the Empty' is an exploration of what Paz calls the soul of India, its art, literature, music and philosophy. It is also an uncompromising indictment of the self-centred materialism of Western society.
New. This item is printed on demand. For six years Octavio Paz served as Mexico's ambassador to India--an experience that forever changed his life. Now, in Paz's most personal work of prose to date, the Nobel Prize Laureate brings his poetic insight and volum.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-01-13 Nobel laureate Paz was first posted to the Mexican embassy in New Delhi in 1951, returning in 1962 for six years as ambassador. Now, more than 30 years later, he has written four masterful essays that explore both his own feelings about India and the complex realities of that turbulent land. "The Antipodes of Coming and Going" gives a quintessential description of India's initial impact on the foreigner's senses. Walking the teeming streets, Paz sees "skeletal cows with no owners, beggars, creaking carts drawn by enervated oxen, rivers of bicycles" and catches "gusts of stench, decomposing matter, whiffs of pure and fresh perfumes." "Religions, Castes, Languages" highlights rifts in Indian society, particularly the conflict between Islam and Hinduism. "A Project of Nationhood" covers political difficulties India faces as a modern nation. Finally, "The Full and the Empty" delves into philosophical and artistic matters, from classical Sanskrit poetry to the Hindu worldview and conception of time. Paz speaks as a Westerner, but without danger of being accused of neo-imperialist or first-world bias. Memories of his childhood in Mexico and frequent comparisons of India to Latin America provide original and fresh counterpoints to well-known facts. Modest in his claims to authority, Paz calls his book "the child not of knowledge, but of love" and notes that it is not a book for experts. The experts, with all due respect, may disagree. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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