Vuelta (magazine)

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Vuelta was a Mexican literary magazine, founded by poet Octavio Paz in 1976 following the controversial dismantling of the workers' cooperative that ran the daily newspaper Excélsior. It ceased publication following Paz's death in 1998.

Vuelta received the 1993 Prince of Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities. In the award, Vuelta was described as "one of the most important cultural phenomena in the Spanish language". The magazine published an important group of intellectuals and writers he met along his remarkable career: Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Zaid, E.M. Cioran, Enrique Krauze, Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Samuel Beckett, Milan Kundera, Czeslaw Milosz, Susan Sontag, John Kenneth Galbraith, Leszek Kołakowski, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Isaiah Berlin, and Reinaldo Arenas, among others.

Paz also published a collection of poems written between 1969 and 1974 under the title Vuelta.

In 1988, Enrique Krauze published a famous attack on Carlos Fuentes and his fiction in Vuelta, dubbing him a "guerrilla dandy" for the perceived gap between his Marxist politics and his personal lifestyle.[1] Krauze accused Fuentes of selling out to the PRI government and being "out of touch with Mexico", exaggerating its people to appeal to foreign audiences: "There is the suspicion in Mexico that Fuentes merely uses Mexico as a theme, distorting it for a North American public, claiming credentials that he does not have."[2][3] The essay caused a permanent rift between Paz and Fuentes, formerly close friends, that lasted until Paz's death.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Letras Libres, Editorial Vuelta's substitute for Vuelta after Octavio Paz' death.


  1. ^ Marjorie Miller (May 17, 2012). "Appreciating Mexican author Carlos Fuentes". Google News. Associated Press. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Reed Johnson and Ken Ellingwood (May 16, 2012). "Carlos Fuentes dies at 83; Mexican novelist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mexico mourns death of Carlos Fuentes". The Telegraph. May 15, 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Marcela Valdes (May 16, 2012). "Carlos Fuentes, Mexican novelist, dies at 83". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 16, 2012.