Fancy Fantasmas : Carlos Fuentes – “Unsettling Company”

ABOVE: Glass Half Dead

Carlos Fuentes often shows up in the kind of inclusive “all-Latin-American-writers-are-the-same” sentences that link Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and more recently Roberto Bolanos. But “Unsettling Company,” a late-career collection of literary horror stories, casts him in the light of an even more trans-national Henry James.  (Albeit a Henry James with a crazy Mexican abuela.) Fuentes was 75 at the time of the collection’s release so his admirably modern energy is tempered by an old-school, refined elegance. Collection highlight: “Vlad.” 

RATING: COOL

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