Octavio Paz – The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings
Do you have a passion for Mexico and Latino culture? Are you interested in learning more about Mexican customs, traditions, characters, and concepts such as the fiesta, the pachuco, the Virgin de Guadalupe, and El Dia De Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead)? Are you looking for insight into the psychology and poetry behind this amazingly rich culture?
More than 60 years after its initial publication in 1950, Octavio Paz’s The Labryinth of Solitude remains arguably the greatest overview of the soul and identity of Mexico ever written. It’s language is incredibly rich and poetic, but always accessible. Paz mixes ruminations on solitude and death with penetrating historical analysis, covering many of the events that have shaped Mexican history going back to the time of the Aztecs.
Long a staple of college courses on Latin American history, The Labyrinth of Solitude offers much for the lay reader as well. It would be an excellent companion for any trip to Mexico. Highly recommended.