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Octavio Paz, famed Mexican writer and poet was the 1990 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Alternating Currents is a collection of his musings and essays on art, drugs, religion, and a number of other political and societal issues. It's no simple to task to speak the words of a great poet and thinker but Paul Michael Garcia performs Paz's essays with poise. These eclectic bits of philosophy are a great gateway into the mind of one of Latin America's most brilliant voices.

Summary

A key figure in the Latin American literary renaissance, Octavio Paz focuses here on literature and art, drugs, the murder of God, and ethical and political problems.

In the first part of this acclaimed work, Octavio Paz sets forth his credo as an artist and a poet. Part two deals with themes more specific to the late '60s and '70s, such as the drug experience and modern atheism. In part three, Paz concerns himself with politics and ethics. In no way diminished by time, every chapter in this book is an adventure of the mind.

©1967, 2011 Siglo XXI Editores, S. A.English-language translation copyright c. 1983, 2011 by Seaver Books (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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"A stimulating book, electric in its energies, the shock of its thought." (Robert Taylor, Boston Globe)

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