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The Hydra Head

By Carlos Fuentes
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Publisher Description

Carlos Fuentes, Mexico's leading novelist, author of The Old Gringo, Terra Nostra and The Death of Artemio Cruz, has produced what is probably the first Third World spy thriller, an action-filled, quick-paced novel of intrigue as contemporary as a headline. The Hydra Head has a constant political reality as backdrop: the permanent tension in the Middle East and the vast new oil resources of Mexico, the setting for a brilliant attempt to portray the diversity of one man's experience.

3 Reviews

“The more I read of Fuentes’s works, the more convinced I get that he chose the wrong profession. Instead of a novelist, he should have become either an essayist or a script writer. An essayist because the only nice it’s of his fiction is the historical-political message he wants to convey and a script writer because you can easily transform his novels into movies without a single loss (and probably with some improvements). Those reservations aside, as a spy novel, Hydra Head has another shortcoming as well. It’s not engaging enough, or at least it wasn’t so for me. I didn’t care about the truth that was to be revealed as neither any of the characters nor any of the causes won me over. The work was bland with some slogans and quote-worthy sentences thrown in here and there.”
“Me gustó mucho. Primer libro que leo del Sr. Fuentes, un referente latinoamericano.”

About Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) was one of the most influential and celebrated voices in Latin American literature. He was the author of 24 novels, including The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo and Terra Nostra, and also wrote numerous plays, short stories, and essays. He received the 1987 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.

Fuentes was born in Panama City, the son of Mexican parents, and moved to Mexico as a teenager. He served as an ambassador to England and France, and taught at universities including Harvard, Princeton, Brown and Columbia. He died in Mexico City in 2012.

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