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Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Sun, Stone, and Shadows

by Jorge F. Hernández

The temples and gods of pre-Columbian Mexico are a pile of ruins, but the spirit that breathed life into that world has not disappeared… Being a Mexican writer means listening to the voice of that present, that presence.

Temple of El Castillo in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico (Copyright Mark Segal/Digital Vision/Getty Images)


Castellanos, Rosario. A Rosario Castellanos Reader: An Anthology of Her Poetry, Short Fiction, Essays, and Drama. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1988.

Fuentes, Carlos. Myself with Others: Selected Essays. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1988.

Paz, Octavio, The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico. New York: Grove Press, 1961.

Rulfo, Juan, Carlos Fuentes and Margaret Sayers Peden. Juan Rulfo’s Mexico. Washington: Smithsonian, 2002.


Mexico Travel Guide
This website contains information about the culture and history of Mexico.

The Nobel Prize
The Nobel Foundation website contains information about Octavio Paz, an overview of his work, a complete bibliography, and the text of his Nobel lecture and banquet speech.

The Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets website contains a biography, bibliography, and link to information related to Octavio Paz.

Carlos Fuentes Interview with the Academy of Achievement
The website of the Academy of Achievement serves to spark the imagination of students across America and around the globe by bringing them into direct personal contact with the greatest thinkers and achievers of the age. The website contains an interview with Carlos Fuentes conducted in June 2006.

This site contains information on the Surrealist movement that was founded in 1924 by André Breton. It also contains biographical information on Surrealists such as Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and Max Ernst.

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