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Fuentes, Carlos (Translated by Alfred MacAdam). THE CRYSTAL FRONTIER. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 266 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's collection of short stories. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Nine stories that cumulatively add up to a brilliant novel all concern people that have to do with the family of Leonardo Barroso, a powerful oligarch in Mexico with manifold connections to the United States. Recalls similar themes in Fuentes' masterpiece, "The Old Gringo", in its fervid examination of the uneasy and inseparable relations between Americans and Mexicans. Widely regarded as Mexico's man-of-letters, Fuentes is more erudite than most other Latin-American writers. Readers who have read him in the original claim that his mastery of the Spanish language is next to none among Latin-American writers in its lucidity, elegance, and beauty. He is highly regarded not just for his exquisite mastery of a very complex language but also for his restless imagination and genuine wisdom. A "must-have" title for Carlos Fuentes collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First English-language Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Cervantes Prize in 1987, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CARLOS FUENTES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374132771. $20.00

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