CHARTING THE LABYRINTH: País de mentiras de Sara Sefchovich

  • David William Foster Universidad de Buenos Aires


Mexico is a country with a long tradition of self-analysis.2 While many Latin American have engaged in a definition of the national essence and to chart particular idiosyncrasies, it would seem that Mexico has been particularly rich  in this intellectual undertaking. Other Latin American countries have major writers who are known for their poetry or their fiction, including those that have received the Nobel Prize. Only in Mexico has a Nobel prize gone to someone who, inaddition to his outstanding poetic contributions, is also the author of a major essay of national identity: the 1990 Nobel Prize winner, Octavio Paz, whose Laberintto de la soledad (1950) remains a key intellectual document in the history of Mexican and Latin American culture, no matter how much it my now require intense  contestational readings


PAZ, Octavio. El laberintto de la soledad. México, D.F.: Cuadernos Americanos, 1950, c1947.

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SEFCHOVICH, Sara. País de menttiras; la disttancia enttre el discurso y la realidad en la culttura mexicana. México, D.F.: Océano, 2008.

SEFCHOVICH, Sara. La suertte de la consortte; las esposas de los gobernanttes de México. México, D.F.: Océano, 2002, c1999.

STABB, Martin S. In Questt of Identtitty Patttterns in ttfte Spanisft American Essay of Ideas, 1890-1960. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1967.