What do you think of this Mexican novelist? He's the author of novels such as Aura, The Old Gringo, Where The Air Is Clear and the titanic Terra Nostra, the only novel I've read by him. Based on it I think he's a remarkable novelist, an innovator experimenting practically on each chapter, possibly one of the best living novelists, and also one of the most difficult and challenging. The novel is about the intertwined history of Europe and Latin America, it's almost historical but also full of magical realism; it has a cast of characters to rival any 19th century tome. It's erudite and it covers hundreds of years of history, there are several characters with the same name and temporal distortions. Not an easy read. But I have to recognise it's ambitious and very well written.