"In this book, Jacques Lafaye proceeds to unravel Octavio Paz? personal and intellectual trajectory, from his childhood in Mixcoac to his ideological confrontation with the real powers through the magazines Plural and Vuelta, while he never stopped dig into the influence that he received from his years as a diplomat in France (between 1945 and 1961), and that allowed him to interact with the greatest intellectual characters of the time. Lafaye ? who was Paz? friend and collaborator ? just not only limited to analyses poetry, nor the mere biography story, but also achieve to enter to the same places were Paz?s pen traveled: politics, anthropology, history, philosophy, art critic, all of this allowed him to create a detailed portrait of a former undisputed poet and critic exemplary of modernity."