Saturday, November 25, 2006

Aura by Carlos Fuentes

An old widow asks a young unemployed historian to review the papers of his late husband, a general who fought during the French invasion of Mexico (1862-1866). - The widow lives in a house in the center historical of Mexico City, as soon as the young historian arrives at this dark and gloomy house extraordinary facts begin to happen, mainly related to the mysterious and charming Aura, the widow's niece.

Aura is terror, pure terror but it has nothing to do with European or Anglo-Saxon gothic. Carlos Fuentes not only wrote the only Latin American terror novel that I know of, he invented or gave literary form to a new type of terror novel, the American baroque novel.

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