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A Change of Skin

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Original title  Cambio de piel
Language  Spanish
Pages  442 (first edition)
Originally published  1967
Genre  Romance novel
OCLC  349483
Translator  Sam Hileman
Media type  Print
Dewey Decimal  863
Author  Carlos Fuentes
Country  Mexico
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A Change of Skin is a love story written by Carlos Fuentes about a Mexican writer, and his American Jewish wife.



This is the story about a frustrated Mexican writer named Javier, and his American Jewish wife, Elizabeth. The couple is making their way from Mexico City to Veracruz for a vacation. A man named Franz (a Czechoslovakian who helped construct the Nazi concentration camp, Theresienstadt and thereafter fled to Mexico) is with them, along with his young Mexican mistress, Isabel.

Once the two couples have left Mexico, they visit the pre-Columbian ruins at Xochicalco and then the pyramids at Cholula. Their car is sabotaged, forcing them to spend the night in Cholula. There they are joined by the ubiquitous Narrator, who is also en route to Cholula, just to complicate matters even more.

Acclaim for the book

  • "At any rate, politically objectionable or not, Fuentes has written a challenging and interesting, if occasionally silly and pretentious, book." -David Gallagher, New York Times
  • "defines existentially a collective Mexican consciousness by exploring and reinterpreting the country‚Äôs myths." -Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • "...human history is envisioned as an obsessively repeated mythic drama or cycle." -Edith Grossman, "Myth and Madness in Carlos Fuentes' 'A Change of Skin'"
  • References

    A Change of Skin Wikipedia

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