Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican poet-diplomat and writer. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature
Paz observes that solitude is responsible for the Mexican’s perspective on death, ‘fiesta’, and identity. Death is celebrated but at the same time repelled because of the uncertainty behind it. Fiestas express a sense of communality. This represents the way in which the Mexicans have inherited two distinct cultures, the indigenous and the Spanish, but by denying one part of their identity they become stuck in a world of solitude.