Adán en Edén by Carlos Fuentes

By Carlos Fuentes

Un poderoso empresario make a decision llevar adelante su propia lucha contra el tráfico de droga y los narcos, y ganarles los angeles partida con su mismo juego, siendo más felony que ellos. En esta novela de Carlos Fuentes, como a veces en l. a. realidad, todo se derrumba.

Ciudades perdidas, callampas, villas miseria, favelas, todas son lo mismo. Eso lo sabe Adán Gorozpe, cínico arribista que pasó de pobretón estudiante a poderoso mandamás gracias a un afortunado "braguetazo", y también Adán Góngora, ministro a shipment de los angeles seguridad nacional que ha puesto en marcha una estrategia espeluznante que incluye alianzas con criminales, encarcelamiento de inocentes y uno que otro asesinato.

Un día, Góngora le propone a Gorozpe asociarse para elevar su juegp al más alto nivel: "¿Qué tal si usted y yo, tocayo, apoyamos a un candidato imposible para los angeles primera magistratura del país?". Ese candidato, claro, sería Gorozpe. Sólo que para ese momento, él lo sabe, deberá deshacerse de Góngora, o al menos neutralizarlo. ¿Cómo proceder contra tan ambitious adversario? ¿Cómo detener el remolino que arrastra al país hacia los angeles cloaca?

La única vía abierta siempre es los angeles del espíritu. Ciega e irracional, pero también poderosa, avasalladora, l. a. fe sigue ahí. Un Niño Dios alado empieza a predicar en medio del tráfico de los angeles mayor avenida de l. a. ciudad y su madre, l. a. Virgen, lo acompaña. Las lamentably del niño son postizas y su madre es quien se las coloca, pero eso no importa. l. a. gente cree, quiere creer, necesita creer, y eso basta.

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"En Adán en Edén brotan algunas páginas del excelente y lúcido escritor que sigue siendo Fuentes, una de las voces imprescindibles de l. a. narrativa latinoamericana y universal" -Joaquín Marco, El Cultural -

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5. 34. Serge Doubrovsky, Le Livre brisé (Paris: Grasset, 1989), p. 212. 35. Interview quoted by Jocelyne Hubert, Amélie Nothomb, Le Sabotage amoureux (Paris: Magnard, 2001), p. 6. 36. Danielle Deltel, ‘Le meccano du souvenir: les doublets autobiographies chez Colette’, Bainbrigge & Den Toonder: Amélie Nothomb 22 37. 38. 39. 40. page 22 hélène jaccomard in Le récit d’enfance en question, Cahiers de sémiotique textuelle, 12, Université Paris 10 (1988) 137–153 (p. 150). Entretien au centre culturel de La Botanique, 3 avril 1998, quoted in Hubert, op.

Vii, pp. 176–82. 26. Much research has been done on the madness (hysteria) of Ophelia. See for example Gabrielle Dane, ‘Reading Ophelia’s Madness’, Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 10, 2 (1998), 405–23. 27. All three preceding quotations are from MT 169. 28. L. Irigaray, Speculum de l’autre femme (Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 1974). 29. Cixous, op. , p. 17. 30. , p. 62, my emphasis. 31. See note 17.

The writer Amélie establishes her identity through writing (‘eaux purificatrices’). The fish dreams of Métaphysique des tubes, or ‘fantasmes pisciformes’ (previously cited) are a motivating theme in Nothomb’s writing. These fish dreams recall Hélène Cixous’s ‘poissonges’: Plus tard si je sors de mes eaux toute ruisselante de mes plaisirs, si je remonte le long de mes rives, si j’observe depuis mon bord les ébats de mes poissonges, je remarque les figures innombrables qu’ils produisent dans leur danse; ne suffit-il pas que coulent nos eaux de femmes pour que s’écrive sans calcul nos textes sauvages et populeux?

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