By Carlos Fuentes
La Ciudad de México -espacio mítico, ambiguo y luminoso- es el escenario del presente volumen y el protagonista velado de los cuatro relatos que lo conforman.
Un pequeño parapléjico, un gay aristocrático, un anciano revolucionario y su nieto, un joven barriobajero que se emplea como sicario encubierto. Nadie es inocente, nadie puede fingir bondad, todas las cosas son corruptas o corruptoras.
Sus personajes transitan por espacios y momentos trágicos y festivos, como ellos mismos: un normal nostálgico ante los angeles revolución mexicana, cada vez más corrompida; una anciana olvidada y su oscura relación con un niño paralítico de las vecindades del centro; un solterón acaudalado que no alcanza a comprender los angeles pobreza ni los angeles desaparición del mito fundador de su prestige, y un lumpen que, mientras traba un combate con las palabras, termina como guardaespaldas de quien le ha causado tanto dolor... Todos ellos comparten el territorio doloroso, caótico y resentido de los angeles ciudad.
La crítica ha opinado:
"... l. a. vida en los angeles ciudad de México, desde el estrato más bajo al más alto... hay belleza, pasión y genialidad aquí... " -Publishers Weekly -
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Agua quemada by Carlos Fuentes