Fuentes, Carlos “On Mexican Time” A New Time for Mexico (Farrar, Straus, Giroux 1996)

The European author writes with a sense of linear time, time progressing forward as it both directs and assimilates the past…In Mexico, on the contrary, there is not and never has been one single time, one central tradition, as in the West. In Mexico, all times are living, all pasts are present. Our times appear before our eyes dressed in impure cloaks, charged with resistant agonies. We face a double battle: against a time that also diverts us, reverts back against us, subverts us, and converts us constantly (16)

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