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In Light of India (original 1995; edition 1998)

by Octavio Paz

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Title:In Light of India
Authors:Octavio Paz
Info:Harvest Books (1998), Paperback, 224 pages
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Tags:Mexico, Nonfiction, India, Travelogue, Read, 2000, Nobel

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In Light of India by Octavio Paz (1995)

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This rich volume began life as a lecture, delivered in Delhi in 1985 by Octavio Paz, poet and former Mexican ambassador to India. He expanded the lecture into this book: 'not a memoir, but rather an essay that attempts, with a few quick notes, to answer a question that goes beyond personal anecdotes: How does a Mexican writer, at the end of the twentieth century, view the immense reality of India?' The book, Paz says, 'is the child not of knowledge but of love'. The love of this writer is clearly no frothy affair: he has steeped himself in India's history, politics and culture(s), or at least been a deeply engaged, observant visitor. He wrote this book towards the end of his life, and the section on Hinduism, a brilliant essay on comparative religion, reads as a kind of summing up of everything he has learned about the human quest for transcendence. It is a joy to read, not least for the bright, shiny, epigrammatic gems scattered through it. ( )
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Uncertainty stalks Octavio Paz. In Light of India is Paz's return to issues addressed in his poems of India that were inspired by his residence there three decades earlier. The paradoxes of a troubled nation are persistent, and Paz revisits the unfathomable facets of India with an eye on his Mexican homeland. Beneath the sensuous veneer of modern India lies a complex lattice of religious tendrils that reach into and influence Indian history, society, literature, and art. Paz follows these tendrils as well as anyone can, piecing together a nation of beauty, profundity, and enigma. Profundity aside, if Paz were writing about dust particles, he'd be worth reading.

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Paz looks at the people and landscapes of India, based on his years with the Mexican embassy, offering a collection of essays on Indian history, culture, art, politics, language, and philosophy.

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