The Old Gringo (Paperback)
The celebrated American writer and journalist Ambrose Bierce mysteriously disapeared in Mexico during its civil war. In this brilliant novel, Carlos Fuentes imagines the fate of Bierce among Pancho Villa's troops and dramatizes the conflict of North America's two cultures locked in deadly embrace.
About the Author
Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) was one of the most influential and celebrated voices in Latin American literature. He was the author of 24 novels, including "Aura," "The Death of Artemio Cruz," and "Terra Nostra," and also wrote numerous plays, short stories, and essays. He received the 1987 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.
Fuentes was born in Panama City, the son of Mexican parents, and moved to Mexico as a teenager. He served as an ambassador to England and France, and taught at universities including Harvard, Princeton, Brown and Columbia. He died in Mexico City in 2012.
"A dazzling novel that possesses the weight and resonance of myth [and] the fierce magic of a remembered dream."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"The fate of Bierce has intrigued Americans since 1914, when he vanished . . . Fuentes has spun an opalescent around the mystery."—Evan S. Connell, Los Angeles Times
"A perfect little gemstone, faceted by a master craftsman."—Charles Larsen, Chicago Tribune Book World
"A narrative of brilliant complexity and sophistication . . . fascinating both for what the author does and how he does it."—The Atlantic
"Cleverly conceived and crisply rendered . . . a haunting novel."—Paul West, The Washington Post Book World
"A Challenging meditation on politics, love and the burden of history itself . . . What lingers most in this profound work are the images that convey the wonderous grandeur of a society in transformation. The Old Gringo is a brilliant fiction, a luminous and compelling chronicle."—Henry Mayer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Sensual and mind-pleasing . . . The Old Gringo [is] the work of an integrated personality, the artist who contains and illuminates all the layers of all times and cultures of a nation."—Earl Shorris, The New York Times Book Review
"Fuentes gives us history as a dream that we might knowingly inhabit."—Jay Cantor, The Boston Globe
"A tribute to the economical power of his art. It radiates authenticity. Fuentes understands the Mexican Revolution as only a visionary can."—Dennis Drabelle, USA Today