Carlos Fuentes (Panamá 1928 – Mexico D.F. 2012) and Luis Buñuel (Calanda, 1900-Mexico D.F. 1983) are two names that resonate strongly in the Ibero American culture of the 20th century. The first, the recipient of a Cervantes Prize, and one of the major representatives of the Ibero American literary boom; the second, a pioneer of Spanish film and one of the most universal and far-reaching film directors, who influenced the collective thinking of writers, such as García Márquez, Cortázar, Vargas Llosa and Donoso, thanks to his visual and narrative cosmology.
Luis Buñuel o la mirada de la Medusa, an unfinished and unpublished essay by Carlos Fuentes on the great filmmaker, has been, until now, the property of the University of Princeton in the USA. It is now available for readers, together with formerly unpublished letters written between both artists, and which illustrate the process and context of this work, revealing both their relationship and personalities, against the backdrop of the revolution of May 1968. The visionary capacity of Buñuel, the legacy of realism and surrealism, Sade and the religion or presence of the Hispanic trinity –Don Quixote, Don Juan and La Celestina are all reflected in this work, which is beyond labels and is brimming with humanism.
Javier Herrera Navarro (Murcia, 1951), librarian and art historian and one of the great specialists in the figure of Buñuel, is the author of an impressive body of works including Las Hurdes de Buñuel. Evidencia fílmica, estética y lenguaje (2007) and Luis Buñuel en su archivo (2015)