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Mexico celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of late Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz

Apr 2, 2014 11:40 IST

Mexicans on 1 April 2014 celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of late Nobel Prize winning poet and essayist Octavio Paz. On his birth anniversary, Google dedicated the doodle on home page to him.

During a ceremony held at ornate Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, President Enrique Pena Nieto hailed Paz as the brilliant Mexican mind of the 20th century.

He was a firm defender of democracy and a member of Institutional Revolutionary Party which was known for its authoritarian ways while in power for most of the 20th century.

He was also the ambassador to India but he resigned following the military's massacre of student protesters in Mexico City in 1968.


Paz was awarded the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Works of Paz

In 1950 he authored his seminal essay The Labyrinth of Solitude. In this essay he brought out the history, culture and psyche of Mexico and its people.

He founded the magazines Plural and Vuelta (1976), which became the voice of his struggle.

His other works include the poetry collections Aguila o sol (1951), La Estacion Violenta, (1956), Piedra de Sol (1957).

In English translation the most prominent includes Early Poems: 1935–1955 and Collected Poems, 1957–1987 (1987).

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