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Mexicul votează împotriva Statelor Unite în Consiliul de Securitate al Statelor Unite. Washington-ul, iritat, trece la represalii şi, folosindu-se de controlul pe care-l deţine asupra sateliţilor de comunicaţii, îi întrerupe irevocabil toate reţelele de comunicaţie. Mexicanii se pomenesc peste noapte fără telefoane, televiziune, radio sau internet, într-un moment de instabMexicul votează împotriva Statelor Unite în Consiliul de Securitate al Statelor Unite. Washington-ul, iritat, trece la represalii şi, folosindu-se de controlul pe care-l deţine asupra sateliţilor de comunicaţii, îi întrerupe irevocabil toate reţelele de comunicaţie. Mexicanii se pomenesc peste noapte fără telefoane, televiziune, radio sau internet, într-un moment de instabilitate politică majoră: actualul preşedinte este grav bolnav şi criza politică bate la uşă. Stilul epistolar este brusc resuscitat, şi devine suportul unei sarabande de intrigi, ce ne-ar aminti de Legăturile primejdioase ale lui Choderlos de Laclos, dacă miza nu ar fi diferită — căci nu jocuri amoroase se ţes în acest ultim roman al lui Carlos Fuentes (2002), ci cabale politice în anticiparea momentului electoral.Amalgam unic şi inedit de politică şi literatură de cea mai bună calitate, Jilţul vulturului vorbeşte despre un Mexic al anului 2020 şi un context internaţional tensionat, în care însă cititorul de azi, şi mai mult, cititorul român, se regăseşte — şi îşi regăseşte lumea — cu surprindere.„Carlos Fuentes, martor al timpurilor sale, ne propune un roman ce trebuie să fie obiect de delectare, studiu şi meditaţie.\" (Luis Martínez, La Jornada)„Ambiguitatea dintre intriga romanescă şi cea politică face această carte să vibreze.\" (Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu)„E periculos să fii cu adevărat cinstit în ţara asta. Cinstea poate să fie admirabilă, însă se poate transforma într-un viciu. Trebuie să te arăţi flexibil în faţa corupţiei. Fii tu cinstit, Tómas, dar închide ochii — la fel ca justiţia divină — faţă de corupţia celorlalţi. Nu uita, în primul rînd, că tocmai corupţia e cea care unge sistemul. Majoritatea politicienilor, a funcţionarilor, a contractorilor etcetera, nu va avea alt prilej să se îmbogăţească în afara acestuia, cel adus pe şase ani. Apoi se întorc în uitare. Dar ei chiar vor să fie uitaţi ca să nu-i mai acuze nimeni, şi bogaţi ca să nu-i mai deranjeze nimeni. Năvăleşte o altă turmă de nesimţiţi. \" (Carlos Fuentes, Jilţul vulturului)....

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  • MJ Nicholls
    2019-02-03 18:33

    More political satire, please! I have said this from the beginning. More Swifts and Voltaires. More swaggering wits cutting through the lies and cant from the power-mad hucksters who have the brass tack to attempt to rule us. Fuentes’s epistolary satire is a tremendous mix of Swift and Voltaire: rich in subtle wit and sophisticated analysis of the Mexican situation from a writer who has experienced almost a century of change and tumult. Recommended for those who like their wit acidic and learned.

  • نداءمحمد
    2019-02-17 14:26

    كرسي الرئاسة أو عرش النسررواية تدور حول المؤامرات السياسية في المكسيك لتولي عرش النسر, عرش النسر الذي يلقتط الأفعى ب منقاره على نبتة الصبّارفي عام 2020 تقوم امريكا بقطع الاتصالات عن المكسيك بعد اعتراض الاخيرة على احتلال امريكا ل كولومبيا , ومطالبتها برفع أسعار البترول دعما للعرب من باب " أن دول العالم الثالث عليها أن تخلق المشاكل لدول العالم الأول لتلتفت الأخيرة لها "تغرق المكسيك , ويغرق السياسيون الذين يضطرهم عدم توفر اشكال الاتصال الحديثة إلى كتابة الرسائل , "سياسة مكتوبة " انها صاعقةكان يقول البعض , اما القذرين فكانوا يفخرون بأنهم يتركون خلفهم تاريخهم القذر مدّون .خلال أكثر من 550 صفحة , تحاك مؤمرات ,تكتشف أسرار ,يسقط سياسين ,يغتال رؤساءيختفي البعض , تزور سجلات ويتم اختفاء الكثيرينوالسؤال الذي يدور " من سيتولى عرش النسر في انتخابات 2024 ؟"قد تبدو الرواية مكسيكية بحتة , الا أن السياسة هي السياسة ,فما يحدث في الرواية من مؤمرات للوصول لعرش النسر ,ما يكتشف من سجلات قذرة لسياسين اعتلو سدة الحكم في المكسيك , ما يواجهه عمال المكسيك وطلابه ,تجارة المخدرات وتجارة الرقيق الأبيض ,البلقنة أو نظام الولايات والتقسيمتكاد تكون المشاكل ذاتها التي تواجهها جميع الدول , دول العالم الثالث بالأخص رواية كارولوس فوبنتس موزعة على 70 رسالة يتبادلها السياسيين فيما بينهم ,بعضها رسائل مؤامرات ,بعضها تهديد بكشف أسرار , بعضها رسائل حب , وبعضها رسائل ايروتيكية .الرواية مليئة بالاقتباسات السياسية والأدبية والتاريخية كما أورد فوبنتس الكثير من الأغاني والأفلام والأمثال المكسيكية الرائعة, هذا ما يجعلها بتصنيفي رواية جيدة جدا ,جيدة لأنها تثقفني .

  • أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
    2019-01-27 17:31

    ممتعة ببشاعة !

  • Sarah ~
    2019-02-02 17:29

    كرسي الرئاسة - كارلوس فوينتس .في العام 2020 تقطع أمريكا نظام الاتصالات عن المكسيك مما يخلق صعوبة في التواصل على كلِّ الأصعدة .ولكن في خضم هذا الوضع الصعب يجري التخطيط لمؤامرة بطلها كرسي الرئاسة وتدور أحداثها في كلِّ أروقة الحكومة المكسيكيَّة التي لا يتواصل أفرادها إلاَّ بالرسائل المكتوبة أو المسجلة على أشرطة .هذه الرواية عبارة عن الرسائل التي يتبادلها أعضاء الحكومة خلال هذه الفترة .يكتب كارلوس فوينتس بسلاسة محببة وحافظ على حيويّة الرواية لوقت طويل. هذه الرواية مليئة بكثير من الإقتباسات والأحداث التاريخية الشهيرة .استمتعت كثيرًا بقراءة النصف الأول من الرواية ولكن بعد ذلك صارت الرسائل أطول وكان يمكن اختصار أجزاء كثيرة منها .لكن أحببتها بالمجمل ...

  • إيمان
    2019-02-07 12:28

    في عام الفين وعشرين وخلال اجتماع لمجلس الامن يقوم الرئيس المكسيكي لورنزو تيران بالتصويت ضد احتلال الولايات المتحدة لكولومبياويهدد بوقف تصدير النفط المكسيكي الى الولايات المتحدة في حال لم توافق واشنطن على رفع اسعار النفط التي حددتها الاوبك, لياتي الرد سريعا بقطع جميع الاتصالات على المكسيك. و امام الوضع الداخلي المتازم اصلا يبدا صراع محموم للظفر بعرش النسر او كرسي الرئاسة كما يسمى هناك .ونظرا لانقطاع الاتصالات الهاتفية و الفاكس و الانترنات تقوم الاطراف المتدخلة في اللعبة السياسية بتبادل الرسائل التقليدية التي اضحت الوسيلة الوحيدة للتواصلوكقائد الاوركسترا يشرع كارلوس فوينتس بتحريك شخصيات الرواية ليرسم ملامح المؤامرات التي تحاك هنا وهناك باسلوب روائي ممتع و شيق ويستعين بعدة شواهد من كتاب و سياسيين و شخصيات تارخية من امثال شكسبير ميكافيللي فولتير هتلر موسليني ستالين و غيرهم الكثير كما يروي صفحات من التاريخ المكسيكي و هو ما يدل على الثقافة الواسعة التي يتمتع بها الكاتب وما اضفى رونقا خاصا على الرسائلشعار الشخصيات في هذه الروايةهو الغاية تبرر الوسيلة لذلك نجدهم لا يتوانون عن فعل اي شيء في سبيل الوصول الى الكرسي فالكذب الخيانة المجون التحيل الابتزاز الوشاية و حتى الاغتيالات كلها امور مبررة وهو مايبرز بشاعة الهوة الاخلاقية التي يقبعون فيها.هذا و ان كانت غالبية الشخصيات تنتمي الى الطبقة الحاكمة فان كارلوس فوينتس لم يهمل مشاكل الطبقات الكادحة "لقد دفنت هذه البلاد الكثير من مشاعر السخط على مر السنين، قرون طويلة من الفقر والظلم والأحلام التي لم تتحقق"في المجمل كانت قراءة ممتعة و مفيدة لولا بعض الابتذال هنا و هناك وان كان يمثل جزء من المشهد السياسي

  • فهد الفهد
    2019-01-21 17:22

    كرسي الرئاسة هذه مشكلة الكتب التي تقدم عليها بحماس شديد وتوقعات كبيرة، تكون خيبتها أكبر، والذي خيبك ليس الكتاب، وإنما توقعاتك عنه، وإلا فالكتاب لا يزال واعداً بالكثير. قرأت لفوينتس روايته الصغيرة (أورا)، وكنت متحمساً لرواية ضخمة، فلذا اصطحبت (كرسي الرئاسة) معي في رحلتي الأخيرة، فكرة الرواية الأساسية مغرية، فأمريكا بصلفها المعروف، تقطع عن المكسيك كل وسائل التواصل، لا هواتف، لا بريد الكتروني، يحدث هذا في زمن مستقبلي - 2020 م -، ويأتي كعقاب على جرأة الرئيس المكسيكي، واعتراضه على الاحتلال الأمريكي لكولومبيا. ولكننا مع المضي في الرواية نكتشف أن فوينتس لم يستغل هذا الحدث الفريد، هو فقط أحتاجه كحيلة ترغم السياسيين المكسيكيين على تبادل الرسائل البريدية، هكذا تصبح الرواية عبارة عن مجموعة من الرسائل بين الحلفاء والأعداء السياسيين، وهي رسائل تكشف لنا المؤامرات التي تدور، والفضائح بأنواعها، كما تظهر لنا صعود البعض سياسياً، وسقوط آخرين، الرواية ضخمة تزيد صفحاتها على الخمسمئة صفحة، وهي واقعية تماماً، بحيث يقترب المؤلف من يوسا ويبتعد عن ماركيز والليندي.

  • Calzean
    2019-01-31 18:34

    A black comedy and satire on politics in Mexico and politicians in particular.The author sets the scene - Mexico has lost all forms of electronic communications as the USA has retaliated against Mexico's stance on oil prices and US military action in Latin America. So the book becomes a set of letters and transcripts of tapes sent between various Government officials, politicians, Machiavellian henchmen, Generals, assorted lovers and ex-Presidents.Mexico - full of promise but full of corruption. What seems to be the sole interest of the characters is who will be the next President at the next elections. Everyone seems to try to manipulate others, find out the skeleton in the cupboards or just use plain violence to remove a threat.But I think the best parts were in the description of Mexican politics, the merit or otherwise of allowing some corruption to occur, how difficult it is to change a system and how difficult it is for the US to understand their neighbour, "Gringos go mad if they can't tell who's the good guy and who's the bad guy," someone says. "Mexico was the bad guy for a century and a half until the blessed Fidel Castro turned up and became our lightning conductor."It's a book to mull over.

  • محمدجبر
    2019-02-19 18:09

    حيلة سردية تقليدية محكمة الخيوط إلى حد كبير يفرد فيها الحيل السياسية والعلاقات المتشابكة المشبعة بالخيانة والتآمر والنفعية والميكافيلية في السياسة الميكسيكية مستقبلية

  • Hans Martinez
    2019-02-18 18:14

    Fuentes describe y se burla el sistema político mexicano de forma magistral. Se cumple lo que se dice "los novelistas escriben mentiras para decir la verdad". A través de personajes ficticios, o quizás no tanto, y en forma epistolar, cartas escritas de un personaje a otro, satiriza nuestra clase política. Es el año 2020, pronto será la sucesión presidencial, E.U. castigó a México y ha cortado todas sus telecomunicaciones (e-mail, teléfono, internet) por lo que el único recurso disponible es el medio escrito, por lo que los poderosos tienen que romper su regla más sagrada "no dejar nada por escrito".Secretos, mentiras, estrategias políticas, asesinatos, adulterios, traiciones, dobles intereses son parte de la trama. Una dama políticamente poderosa que le promete a un diligente y apuesto joven hacerlo presidente, un jefe de gobernación ambicioso, un jefe de gabinete, rey de los lambiscones, un ex-presidente que busca regresar al poder, un secretario de hacienda y su adultera esposa, un viejo con un misterioso secreto, caciques, un jefe de la policía que no tiene enemigos porque los ha matado a todos, y un general, secretario de la defensa nacional, con apellido extranjero son parte de los personajes."La Silla del Águila es nada más y nada menos que un asiento en la montaña rusa que llamamos La República Mexicana."

  • Gamal Hasan
    2019-01-30 16:15

    بالنسبة لي، ليس بحجم ما توقعته، او بالمقارنة مع قراءتي لأعمال فوينتس الأخرى. لكن تبقى هناك مشكلة في ترجمة أعمال المكسيكي كارلوس فوينتس، وهي اللغة الشعرية العالية لدى الكاتب، ما يعطي صعوبة لنقل تلك الأعمال إلى لغة أخرى مع الاحتفاظ بروح النص. يقول فوينتس ان الرواية بالنسبة له إرادة لغة.مع ذلك، تعطي الرواية صورة عن المكسيك، روح المكسيك المثقلة بتبعات وجودها كجارة للولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، الجارة العظمى، وما يحمل تاريخ البلدين من جذور ملتبسة تكللت بحربين. في احدى مقالاته يتحدث عن كيف تشكلت المكسيك في وعيه، وهو ابن الدبلوماسي الذي عاش طفولته في الولايات المتحدة، كبلد متخيلة، وأخرى واقعية.في الرواية تتشكل تلك الواقعية السردية، ببعد شعري. بنية سردية تعتمد على الرسائل بين شخصيات متأمرة وينعكس في خطابها الواقع السياسي بطابعه الميكيافيلي. تتكرر ثيمة الوجود المكسيكي في بحر الطغيان الأمريكي، ثم في التواجد المتخيل لأمريكا اللاتينية، القارة التي بنظرة فوينتس تكمن اهميتها فيما تخلقه للعالم من مشاكل، او بالتحديد فيما تخلقه للجارة التي يصعب اختيارها، بينما يمكن اختيار الاصدقاء.

  • Obaydah Amer
    2019-02-09 10:20

    "المبادئ الجيدة خدم جيدون للسادة السيئين" تلك هي السياسة ..كالكتاب المكسيكيين، أجاد كارلوس هنا رسم الكثير من التعقيد في الصورة العامة للرواية، تماما كما تقتضي لعبة السياسة .. فتراه يجيد رسم العلاقات الكاذبة والخيانات والصفقات التي تجري، والقتل والتصفيات والصراعات على السلطة، لأجل السلطة .. دون أن يهمل جانب الحياة الشخصية لكل من الشخوص، ودورها في السياسة، والاستبزاز المقابل لهذا .. ويضيف بعد كل فصل حدثا استثنائيا دراميا ينقل الرواية إلى أبعد ما يكون، ويعيد ترتيب الأحداث والمشهد مرة أخرى ..الرواية متسارعة جدا، ومليئة بالدراما والأحداث، وتؤكد الكلمة التي يقولها الصديق أحمد أبازيد - والذي قرأت نسخته - .. :السياسة عهر، عهر الممكن !منذ مدة لم أستمتع برواية هكذا ..

  • Robert Wechsler
    2019-01-31 18:23

    Not only a wonderful entertainment, but also has more excellent quotes about politics, particularly the ethical aspects (my work involves government ethics), than any novel I’ve read.The novel consists of letters among high-level politicians, for the most part, commenting and plotting, looking back and looking ahead, humorous and sad, always lively and involving. The monologue is a wonderful thing in the right hands. And it’s best when short, as here.Also, a wonderful translation into English by Cordero.

  • Sara
    2019-02-11 13:16

    في عام 2020 تقوم امريكا بقطع الاتصالات عن المكسيك بعد اعتراض الاخيرة على احتلال امريكا ل كولومبيا , ومطالبتها برفع أسعار البترول دعما للعرب من باب " أن دول العالم الثالث عليها أن تخلق المشاكل لدول العالم الأول لتلتفت الأخيرة لها "تغرق المكسيك , ويغرق السياسيون الذين يضطرهم عدم توفر اشكال الاتصال الحديثة إلى كتابة الرسائل . 70 رسالة من سياسين الدولة لبعض ، في سؤال واحد من سيتوالي السلطة عام 2024 ؟أعتقد أنها مبتوصفش سياسة المكسيك بس ، بتوصف سياسة العالم أجمع مفيدة و ممتعة فعلًا .

  • إسلام عماد
    2019-02-07 17:09

    اولى قراءاتى فى العام 2016...تجربة اولى مع الاديب المكسيكسى "كارلوس فوينتس"...ليست سيئة تماما...سبعون خطاباً بين رجال الحكومة المكسيكية فى العام 2020 ,بعدما انقطعت خطوط الاتصالات , و فى تلك الخطابات نرى صراعات السلطة و مؤامرات السياسة الخفية و الوعود المادية و السياسية و الجنسية,للتآمر على الرئيس الغافل الذى قارب على الوفاة بسبب مرضه الشديد, و مدى لهفة جميع من حوله لنيل قطعه من المكاسب..او الوصول للغاية الاسمى..كرسى الرئيس المكسيكي...كرسى النسر

  • Marc Gerstein
    2019-01-26 15:15

    Politics, satire, Latin American fiction; three reasons I thought I’d really be into this book. A decent Goodreads average rating helps too. Oh well, not quite, actually, not at all. Some reviews refer to surprise twists late in the story but I don’t know. I gave up at about the halfway point and would only have continued – and skimmed – had this been assigned reading in a mandatory college class or something like that.The basic setup is as intriguing as intriguing could be. It’s 2020 and Mexico pisses off the U.S. by positions it takes re: things going on with oil prices and in Colombia. Uncle Sam, not liking to be called out by its little nephew to the south, punishes it by cutting off all electronic communications, which by that near-future date, all run through U.S. controlled satellite protocols. As a result, Mexico is thrown back into the communications dark ages, where people have to talk in person or write letters (ouch and double ouch!!). And there are other issues in Mexico; labor issues at a Japanese-owned plant and student activism. To top it all off, Mexico is at the mid-point of the six-year one-and-done presidential cycle (presidents there can’t run for re-election) so it’s time to get an early start looking ahead.No, there were no spoilers there. All that is the basic set-up. How, one may wonder, could any experienced novelist, much less one who has achieved as much stature as Fuentes has, mess that up. Well, Fuentes, does it and so badly this should become required reading in creative writing courses, to inspire class discussions on what not to do.Step one in making a mess: Delude yourself into believing you’re making bold statements even when, in fact, you’re rehashing stale ideas that have long been known since the first aging (i.e. soon to “retire”) Paleolithic era tribal/clan leader was surrounded by scheming sycophants looking to muster support in his dreams of taking over. No Carlos, contemporary Mexican politics did not invent this sort of thing so you get zero points for portraying the machinations of such individuals. If you’re going to take the trouble to write a novel about it, you need to raise your game, tell us something noteworthy, show us something about it that may take us by surprise. You can’t just present it and expect readers to be impressed.Step two: Write an epistolary novel. I really think it’s time to advocate for an amendment to the first amendment to that continue to bar government from restraining free speech but carves out an exception that mandates censorship of epistolary fiction as well as mandatory sentences of lobotomy for authors who attempt to write such crap. Authors are intrigued by this because they think it allows them to fully and directly inhabit the souls of their characters. That’s wrong. Actually, this literary form is an example of the sort of laziness that would get somebody in any other profession fired. Imagine, for example, you were tasked with some sort of research-oriented project. Perhaps you are to do a market study for a potential new product. Perhaps you are testing the efficacy of a newly developed drug. Perhaps you are working on a magazine article. Now imagine at the end of the task dump all your raw source material on the desk of your editor, your director, your VP, etc. and stand there waiting to be congratulated for a job brilliantly done. In reality, though, you will be escorted by security back to your work area, given a quick opportunity to gather your personal effects, and then be escorted to the exit as HR cancels your employee access code and keys in the numbers for the final check that will be sent to you. Step Three: For those who absolutely insist on going epistolary and have the ability to do so (i.e., being self-employed or, in the case of Fuentes, having the sort of CV that will assure publication and a courteous reception for any drivel you deign to churn out, do a bad job (in the context of this genre) of executing the epistolary form. Memo to Carlos: If you feel you must produce a novel consisting of letters from one character to another, at least make them read like letters written from one character to another, and not as pompous first-person literary passages written by a long-time author who is professionally versed in the fine arts of novel writing. Not one “letter” in this book (or at least in the half I read) feels even remotely like anything that would or could possibly be written like the character who supposedly write them. Carlos fell into the simplest trap that lies waiting to snare any author who uses the epistolary form, or even any first-person narrative.Step four-a: After establishing your initial setup and capturing the attention of readers, ignore it and just meander any old way. You’d think a powerful setup like Mexican politicians being forced to scheme via old-fashioned letter writing because the U.S. cuts off electronic communications would actually drive the story line. Nah, not here. I suppose it’s just an excuse Carlos uses to short-cut potential questions as to why, in this day and age with the art of letter writing pretty-much dead and even the art of e-mail under threat of being supplanted by texts, he chose the epistolary form.Step four-b: After establishing your initial setup and capturing the attention of readers, ignore it and just meander any old way. You’d think a powerful setup like the U.S. doing what it did to Mexico (fictional version) would be a really big deal and mandate significant treatment in the story. Nah, not here. Once stated at the beginning, it’s pretty much ignored (and even if it recurs later, you can’t hold off till the second half). Heck, that would be a major affront to international order and likely provoke significant global diplomatic retaliation against the U.S. and possibly economic sanctions. Memo to Carlos: You can’t say it and then let it fade. If you don’t want to deal with that theme, then don’t use it to drive your setup.

  • WordsBeyondBorders
    2019-01-19 10:20

    'Carlos Fuentes' like several other writers, has several times used the trope of putting in a fantastical social scenario at the core of the novel and work on it from there, exposing the underbelly of the society (or a part of it) as a whole. You have his own 'Christopher Unborn' and Saramago's several works as example of this. In 'The Eagle's Throne' Fuentes takes up one such scenario and this time the canvas is the Mexican political system, the politicians and of course the intrigues, betrayals that go along with it.The year is '2020' and America has cut off all communication links of Mexico because the incumbent president refused to go along with some U.S policies. This results in emails, telephones everything being cut off, resulting in letters being the only mode of communication. The political situation in Mexico is also in a flux, the president, in his 3rd year of presidency has been seen in public for quite sometime and there is a speculation about this health. His control over the presidency is also being questioned. So it's an ideal time for the vultures/wolves to gather around the prize that is the presidency and gather they do. (The next elections are scheduled for 2024). From a series of letters, we get to know the various groups in the fray, their ambitions and machinations to achieve that. The novel could be termed as an 'epistolary' one too based on it's narrative structure.There is the Interior secretary collaborating with a middle aged femme-fatale, opposing them is the 'Chief of staff' who has his eye on the presidency and a few tricks up his sleeve. There is also the chief of police and the defense secretary who seem to be a group and planning for a coup. The previous president returned from exile has thrown his hat into the ring. What about an even earlier president, an patriarch called simply as 'The Old Man'? What are his intentions and what secrets does he harbor? Does he still hold any aces up his sleeve. Then there is several other (seemingly?) minor players like 'Valdivia' who seem to be doing the beholding of the various group mentioned above, but is everything as it seems?. Can anyone of the minor player become the wild card that no one thought about and ascend to the top. Idealism and good intentions can take one only so far,but ultimately you have to play by the real world rules, else face the consequences. Like in the case of 'Moro', the candidate who had won the 2012 election, but was assassinated soon after before taking power as his rhetoric on abolishing corruption etc was getting to hot to handle for the others. His specter is also hanging over the other characters in the novel. It is a unholy mess of groups/cabals which could be generically stated as 'A' and 'B' are together opposing 'C'. 'D &E' are together opposing the other 2. 'B' is using 'F' who in turn seems to be shady using 'G' and concealing more that what is being revealed. Whew, tough to keep track isn't it but that's real life politics and to reach the very top you indeed need to be up to date with all the tricks and deviousness one can gather.Alliances are broken, new ones are forged, in some cases betrayals happen and hidden alliances come to the fore. The characters are shocked by the turn of events but recover quickly moving on to the next alliance that will serve them better. It's like they seem to crave the political orgasms they can get from the power of authority more than from orgasms of the carnal bed. Sex seems to take a back seat but even that is not the whole truth. There is sexual scheming, flirting, using one's sensuality for a purpose, but even that is a means to an end, the carnal bed as a route to forge alliances which will lead to the throne of presidency. The incumbent president dies and the scheming becomes even more complex, which new facets of each character coming to the fore. With Mexico not having the post of 'vice-president', an interim president is appointed. What will he do, will he assert himself or continue to do his benefactor's bidding? The story ends on a kind of external ceasefire between the different groups and a status quo is maintained for the time being, at least outwardly, with the internal scheming going on as usual. There is never a fixed end to a life in politics until you die, there is always the hope of coming back again and turning the tables back on the persons who beat you the last time. This is the hope on which the various groups rest as the novel ends.I don't know about the Mexical political system, but assume what Fuentes potrays is the truth or at least close to it. At one level are the groups at the center jockeying for the presidency, at another level are the heads of the provinces (states if in India) who are more concerned about being dictators of their fiefdom and earning money than in any ambitions towards the presidency (at least for now). Their concerns are different and based on it they ally with the groups in the center. For instance, the attempted coup is rejected by them because a weak center is what they want so that they can continue with their ruling of the provinces in that case. As in his other novels, through all these incidents one can sense the anguish Fuentes has for the current situation in Mexico, his reading of the current political situation as a continuation of events from the past, a legacy of corruption, scheming, despotism that has been passed down from generations. For someone like me with not much idea about Mexican history, the references to old events/persons wouldn't be something that one can relate it, but someone with good knowledge of Mexican history would be able appreciate the book even more with these references. On the downside, this is an engaging book but unfortunately remains at that level only. Part of it is due to the current political climate everywhere, a time where we have seem so much of political machinations that we are inured to almost everything that happens in the novel (as in the real word). Someone is betrayed by a close confidante, fine so what? The betrayed himself was a betrayer earlier and the current betrayer would anyway soon be betrayed by another. That's the feeling we get as we read the novel. Even the so called secret and the revelations at the end do not hit as hard as they should have. Another issue is that Fuentes concentrates on the broad strokes of the political intrigues so much that the characters remain inaccessible to us (i.e) the macro political situation is detailed, whereas the micro individual situation is left half baked as it were. So whatever little one should feel for the characters we don't. For instance lets take a novel with similar area of interest, the breathtaking 'The Wizard Of The Crow', a unforgettable political farce, which though savagely satirizes the political situations in an imaginary country, invests a lot in its characters so that the mesh of the macro and the micro results in a novel for the ages. Or even 'The Feast Of The Goat', which has a slight similarity in that it talks about absolute power. That too has its unforgettable characters who enhance the novel. Unfortunately here it doesn't happen.These are only minor quibbles and the novel needn't be skipped because of it. Also this is the most accessible of Fuentes's novels that I have read and in that sense it could be a starting point for reading him. Remember however that it does not represent the overall quality of his oeuvre and that there are several other gems written by him waiting for you. As they say, the Himalayas is not entirely made up of 'Mount Everests', there are huge peaks, others not too huge, there are valleys, but the Himalayas as such remains fascinating isn't it.

  • Harith Alrashid
    2019-01-28 17:35

    رواية سياسية وفي المستقبل وليس الماضي هل هناك افضل من ذلك لاني مهتم بهذا النوع من الروايات لغة الرواية جميلة وشعرية والحوار عبارة عن رسائل متبادلة بين المتصارعين على الحكم في المكسيك بعد تعطل وسائل التواصل الالكترونية نظير معارضة المكسيك لامريكا

  • Citlalli
    2019-02-14 18:32

    Este libro realmente me dejó gratamente sorprendida. Resultó ser muy diferente de lo que esperaba, ya que creía que el foco de la historia sería el aislamiento de México de los medios modernos de comunicación. Después de leer las primeras 30 páginas pensé que iba a odiar este libro (debido a que todos los capítulos son cartas que los personajes se escriben entre sí) y que me iba a costar mucho trabajo terminarlo, pero ¡oh sorpresa sorpresa!... conforme fui avanzando le fui agarrando el sabor; y al aproximarse el final e irse descubriendo algunos secretos muy oscuros, me di cuenta de que es una obra magistral, una radiografía cruda del sistema político y sus protagonistas.=======================================================================This book really left me positively surprised. It turned out to be very different from what I was expecting, as I thought the focus of the story would be on the isolation of Mexico from modern means of communication. Upon reading the first 30 pages I thought I was going to hate this book (because all of the chapters are letters the characters write each other) and that it was going to be pretty hard for me to finish it, but surprise, surprise!... as I progressed in my reading I started to develop a taste for it, and as the end came closer and some very dark secrets were being revealed, I couldn't help but notice this is a brilliant work of art, a crude x-ray of our political system and its main protagonists.

  • Bookmarks Magazine
    2019-02-10 11:11

    Carlos Fuentes, author of more than 20 books (including The Old Gringo and The Death of Artemio Cruz), knows politics intimately: he served in various government positions in Mexico and as Mexico's ambassador to France in the mid-1970s. The Eagle's Throne, a brilliantly scathing satire on presidential succession, is among Fuentes's best work. Inspired by Machiavelli's The Prince and other texts, Fuentes personalizes power plays through letters in which characters scheme, betray, plot murders, reveal their sexual peccadilloes, and succumb to desperation. A few critics thought that the epistolary form distanced the reader from the characters and plot, but overall, few better descriptions of the universal struggle for power exist.This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    2019-01-29 11:23

    In the near future, the Mexican president defies the US and in response, the US pulls the plug on Mexico's telecommunications network. Reduced to communication via snail mail, or tape in some cases, the movers and shakers of Mexico's political world scheme and counter-scheme to decide who will be the next to ascend the eagle's throne, the seat of the President. Essentially an epistolatory thriller, and a dashed gripping one, this novel glimpses a different, more humane perspective in its final chapter. Still, it's probably the most satisfying novel by Fuentes I've read yet specifically because it functions mostly as a political thriller whether or not you feel Fuentes' more grandiose literary designs for the work succeed at all.

  • Tim
    2019-02-13 17:16

    I really wanted to like this book. I'd read and enjoyed several novels by Fuentes over ten years ago, such as "the Hydra Head", but hadn't read anything by him for a long time. This book has good patches of writing, but never coheres into a convincing whole - not helped by the epistolary form. In the end, disappointing, and maybe one of my three stars is for old times' sake.

  • Mohammad Awny HamoudaEl-Mesallamy
    2019-01-20 18:32

    الرواية في رأي أكثر من رائعة ترجمة سلسلة الجوائز تستحق أن تعدم في ميدان عام رميا بالبلغ و الطماطم و البيض الفاسد اسوأ ترجمة قرأتها في حياتي أظن ان المترجمة لا تجيد العربية أو المكسيكية " الأسبانية -أعتقد " هي رواية يجب أن تقرأ في ظل الظروف الراهنة لكن إبحث عن ترجمة اخري في دار نشر أخري :)

  • ُكَريــــــمَة
    2019-02-09 11:15

    4 نجمات للرواية نجمتين للترجمة العربية

  • Lamski Kikita
    2019-01-30 11:35

    If you are a fan of Mike Rowe's "Dirty Jobs" on Discovery channel, after finishing this book you would be tempted to send the following note to him "Politicians have the dirtiest job that ever existed." I doubt he would want to do an episode on that, though.Mexian Political Fiction at its best: mysterius, secretive, scandelous, sexual, dirty, disgusting; full of betrayal, hidden agendas, love triangles, strong opinions, crazy predictions, and conspiracy theories. "Sex can be immediate, only to end up being breif and unsatisfactory. Political forture, on the other hand, is one very long orgasm." It strikes me though, that this work of "fiction" seems to be not the work of Fuentes' imagination, but merely a reality that is unspoken of in Mexico, Latin America, and other countries in the world.The story is about a near-future Mexico deprived of all sorts of communication due to a political "beef" with the United States, which happens to conveniently be the outsourcer of the country's satellite communication system. This throws the players in the political game backwards a century, and the fortmat of the book is in, you guessed it, letters!At some point, i felt that because of the format i got bored to some extent, and was a bit lost at times. So my advice is to be patient or the first quarter of the book, because only afterwards do things start to get really interesting, and may i say, twisted. The reader will learn much about Mexican political history, and the many problems engrained in a political system that seems to be unreparable. The paradox of national unity and political factionism is tearing this nation apart from the inside out.I have to say that my favorite character is Bernal Herrera, the son of idealistists who is willing to bend and fold, to make "compromises" to get things done. "i'm not going to be a pure idealist like my parents. I'm goimg to be able to tell the difference between the lesser evil and the greater good. I'll serve the greater good by making concessions to the lesser evil."Who is going to take the "Eagle's Throne"- the presidency chair in 2024? Let me tell you that at the end, you will meet a person who is the living replica of Mexico; cut out from the rest of the world, loved only from a distance, always judged by fake presumptions. The perfect last chapter of an intriguing story.

  • Bob
    2019-02-03 15:15

    Fuentes could have done much more with this. The near-future setting is used only to justify the epistolary novel form that he uses: there is never any speculation on how Mexico might solve some of its problems. The letters are cleverly written, stylistically distinct, and clearly convey a complex plot, but characters are all motivated by the same ambitions for political power, and the conclusion (which is deeply moving and lyrical) comes as a shock. What remains is a series of witty and cynical statements: "The poor are to be respected...but from a distance." (p. 138) "Everyone's spying on everyone else, stealing documents from one another, and maybe even spying on themselves when noone's looking." (p. 207) "The dirty and the sacred have something in common. We don't touch either." (p. 224) "And what is melodrama, but comedy without the hunmor?" (p. 292) "A little bad luck is the best antidote for the biterness that has yet to come." (p. 327" There is a lot of reference to other writers, and The Eagle's Throne can be used to gather recommendations from the author...positive and negative: "Congress goes ahead and approves bills the executive would never put forward for fear of offending the wealthy -- progressive taxation, higher income and capital gains taxes, etc. You know, the things that really make money for the government, not the tax on aspirins or those Isabel Allende books I know you devour." (p. 176)

  • Mohamed
    2019-02-03 17:18

    لا اعلم ماذا اكتب ,فى ظل النبع الغزير من فنون السياسةالشرق house of cards ربما هىالسياسة كفن للحياة وسط مستنقع من الدماء .بعيدا عن اروقة السياسة الامريكية وفنون الديمقراطية وقذارت الوصول ,تعيش فى كرسى النسر قذارت الوصول فى العالم الثالث فى ظل الدكتاتوريات ,وضروب المؤامرات والخدع حيث كل الناس ينافقونك والكل يريد قتلك ايضا .فوينتس عظيم بعظمة الرواية ,كل ما حتاجة من دخلة الرواية هو واقع ,وليس ضربا من الخيال ,امريكيا لاتتنازل عن مصالحها ,وبقطع الاتصالات فى ظل العولمة,كانت حبكة الرواية وسردها فى صورة خطابات بين الساسة وبعضهم لبعض !المكسيك حيث المارجوانا ورمال الصحراء الذهبية ,دولة تحكم من قبل عصابات ,دولة داخل الدولة ,واحزاب فى تناحر الى ان اصبحت فتات ,وجيش يحمى مصالحة يتوق للحكم ولا بديل عنة فى الوصول الية ,القتل لا يمثل شئ فى تلك المعادلة .الرواية تصلح لكل وقت وزمان ,ان كانت تحكم دكتاتورية .

  • Mostafa Nabil
    2019-01-28 11:36

    رواية متفردة في فكرتها وعرضها وسردها. ليست أول رواية سياسية أقرؤها, لكني أرى أنها هي الرواية السياسية بحق.الرواية بها أكثر من خمس شخصيات يرسمون بكلماتهم أحداث الرواية: لا يوجد راو أوحد للرواية, ولا الرواية منقسمة إلى أقسام لكل منها راو, بل كل شخصية ترسم الأحداث بمنظارها المتفرد حتى أنك لا تستطيع معرفة الأحداث الحقيقية إلا بتمحيص كل رواية عن الأحداث, ومعرفة أين الخدعة وأين الحقيقة: فما الرواية إلا رسالات بين ساسة يخدعونبعضهم البعض للوصل لسدة الحكم, أو "كرسي النسر" بيد أن أضرت كثيرا بالرواية وكأنها ترجمة حرفية, تفتقر إلى روح اللغة: لأن الترجمة تنزع روح اللغة, فعليك حينئذ أن تبثها روح أخرى لا أظنها آخر قراءة لهذا الكتاب.. يحتاج قراءة ثانية وربما ثالثة أكثر تدقيقا .. وحبذا لو كانت بلغتها الأصلية .. بكامل روحها

  • John
    2019-01-26 17:14

    This fiction book based on the political maneuvering, deceiving and scheming associated with a presidential succession in Mexico kept me engaged throughout. However, it was much more than a political thriller. Its characters were interesting and the vehicle for its brutal and entertaining depiction of the realities and decision-making not only of politicians but people in general. Also, the pessimistic generalizations about society and politics in Latin America, specifically about corruption was hard—for a Peace Corps volunteer as I am in Latin America—to read, but nonetheless a necessary point of view to take in. It had more than enough to keep one engaged.

  • Shannon
    2019-01-22 12:31

    I had a really hard time getting into this book and keeping all of the characters straight. I just couldn't find enough to keep my interest to the end so did not finish it. Friends of mine who did finish it liked it more than I did although most felt that the book fell short. One friend from my real life bookclub loved it, and loved the inter-connectedness of the characters and pretty much everything about it.Sometimes I wonder if it is a problem with translation when I am not enjoying a book that was not originally written in English.

  • مينا ساهر
    2019-02-14 16:28

    كرسي النسر، كرسي الرئاسه .. في إطار خيالي القصد منه الإسقاط على الواقع، يبدأ فوينتس روايته حيث العام 2020 .. خلاف سياسي مع أمريكا يؤدي إلى انقطاع كافة وسائل الاتصال، فتبدأ الروايه المكونه من 70 رساله .. هناك العديد من الشخصيات التي احتفظت كل منها بصوت خاص و روح واضحه في النص زادت من جماله، و إن كانت البنيه الروائيه للأشخاص لم تظهر إلا في الجزء الأخير من الرواية .. الرواية إسقاط على نظم العالم الثالث كله .. رواية بها قليل من الأدب كثير من السياسه .. لكنها ممتعه