There is no better way to ease into the Mexican mind than to read Alfonso Reyes’s Obras completas, a processual feast of chaos theory and quantum creation. Along with Antonio Caso and José Vasconcelos, Reyes formed part of the Ateneo de la Juventud, which between l906 and l914 tilted Mexico away from an older, restrictive Positivism toward a more open, humanistic frame of reference. Reyes had emerged as a poet and prose writer by l913, when he went into exile in France. This is where Fred P. Ellison, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese and an early mover in Brazilian Studies, picks him up in this finely researched and compelling book. From Paris Reyes migrated to Madrid, where Ortega y Gasset asked him to write a column in El Sol on historical geography. Later he became head of the Mexican legations in...

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