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Carlos Fuentes is one of Mexico's most prominent and respected novelists Comparable to Amores Perros in terms of a fragmented narrative resulting in a picture of contemporary Mexico - this is an extraordinary 'choral' novel 'A man of remarkable gifts' Spectator

'The country's living national treasure ... These and other tales add up to a powerful indictment of the unhappiness caused by family life ... The stories overflow with the kind of insights that only maturity brings. They are also painfully topical ... Fuentes keeps his finger on modern Mexico's pulse' Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times 'Fuentes, now 80, is still masterful in evoking the lives of damaged characters ... beautifully observed ... a book seething with timeless rancour' Independent 'There are moments of dry humour, intense beauty and startling emotion in his books, Happy Families included, distilled from an extraordinary and at times tragic life ... Happy Families is Fuentes's twisted lullaby.' Siobhan Murphy, Metro 'What makes this book doubly and triply beguiling, beyond the challenging storytelling and stylistics, is our feeling that Fuentes is trying, yet only implicitly and subtly, to probe deeper into this malaise ... This is an exacting literary journey. But there are, as always, magic and poetry in Fuentes' prose (not overlooking the very accomplished and natural translation of it by Edith Grossman) that make the journey worthwhile.' Andrew Staffell, The Times

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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, including The Death of Artemio Cruz, Terra Nostra, The Old Gringo, The Years with Laura Diaz, Diana, the Goddess Who Hunts Alone and, most recently, The Eagle's Throne.Edith Grossman is perhaps the most noted translator of Spanish literature into English working today. She has translated many works of Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and is responsible for the most celebrated modern English version of Cervantes' Don Quixote (2003).

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'The country's living national treasure ... These and other tales add up to a powerful indictment of the unhappiness caused by family life ... The stories overflow with the kind of insights that only maturity brings. They are also painfully topical ... Fuentes keeps his finger on modern Mexico's pulse' Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times 'Fuentes, now 80, is still masterful in evoking the lives of damaged characters ... beautifully observed ... a book seething with timeless rancour' Independent 'There are moments of dry humour, intense beauty and startling emotion in his books, Happy Families included, distilled from an extraordinary and at times tragic life ... Happy Families is Fuentes's twisted lullaby.' Siobhan Murphy, Metro 'What makes this book doubly and triply beguiling, beyond the challenging storytelling and stylistics, is our feeling that Fuentes is trying, yet only implicitly and subtly, to probe deeper into this malaise ... This is an exacting literary journey. But there are, as always, magic and poetry in Fuentes' prose (not overlooking the very accomplished and natural translation of it by Edith Grossman) that make the journey worthwhile.' Andrew Staffell, The Times

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