The Eagle's Throne
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The Eagle’s Throne

Carlos Fuentes, Kristina Cordero

Here is a true literary event the long-awaited new novel by Carlos Fuentes, one of the world s great writers. By turns a tragedy and a farce, an acidic black comedy and an indictment of modern politics, The Eagle s Throne is a seriously entertaining and perceptive story of international intrigue, sexual deception, naked ambition, and treacherous betrayal.In the near future, at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Mexico s idealistic president has dared to vote against the U.S. occupation of Colombia and Washington s refusal to pay OPEC prices for oil. Retaliation is swift. Concocting a glitch in a Florida satellite, America s president cuts Mexico s communications systems no phones, faxes, or e-mails and plunges the country into an administrative nightmare of colossal proportions. Now, despite the motto that a Mexican politician never puts anything in writing, people have no choice but to communicate through letters, which Fuentes crafts with a keen understanding of man s motives and desires. As the blizzard of activity grows more and more complex, political adversaries come out to prey. The ineffectual president, his scheming cabinet secretary, a thuggish and ruthless police chief, and an unscrupulous, sensual kingmaker are just a few of the fascinating characters maneuvering and jockeying for position to achieve the power they all so desperately crave. From the Hardcover edition.

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