Cuernavaca - It was sometime during my early college years that I first read Octavio Paz. Oddly, perhaps, for the son of a Christian minister, his meditation on Mexico's pre-Catholic tradition of the "day of the dead" in The Labyrinth of Solitude affected me more deeply than an entire childhood of religious training.
The Last Mandarin
Berlin - The death of Octavio Paz deprives the culture of our times of an exceptional poet and thinker. While deeply rooted in Mexico, his native land, his work transcends national boundaries and extends throughout Western culture, which is enriched with images, ideas, arguments and inventions that left an indelible mark on poetic creation, on art literary criticism, on historico-social analysis and political debate.
Mi Amigo Octavio Paz
London - "I cannot being this lecture
without paying homage to the great Mexican poet and essayist Octavio Paz.
His work encompasses and enriches the culture of our century. It will
also survive it. A writer as great as Octavio Paz is, along with his readers,
both guardian and witness of his own immortality."