A Mexican novel, Aura was written by the Mexican author Carlos Fuentes. It is considered one of Carlos Fuentes best works. It was published in Spanish in 1962, and an English version of the novel was released in 1965 and on iBooks. The novel has received great reception because of the way the author describes everything so realistically, considering that this is a magical fantasy novel. A unique factor to Aura is that it is completely written in second person, which can be related to the irrationality of the main character. When a proposal to bring the novel to screen was made in 1966, producers worked hard to try to keep it true to its original unique form.
Aura is set in Mexico City in the time that it was written, 1961. Felipe Montero is a main character, who is a young historian. He finds a poster announcing a job that seems like something he would want to do (to finish the biography of an old military man for them to be published), with an address to arrive at if interested. Ignoring the poster and knowing in his mind that someone has already snatched up the offer, Montero eventually can't resist. He travels to Donceles 815, the address noted on the poster, only to find an empty house. The novel goes on to introduce Aura, another prominent character in the story.
Felipe gets the job. An old lady and his niece, Aura, live in the house. They are completely opposite but share some fantastic similarities. Those are the only three characters in the novel. Felipe decides to take the job with the widow of the general, Consuelo, the old lady, because he is interested in Aura and her beauty. He eventually falls in love with Aura, but notices a strange connection between her and her aunt.
Carlos Fuentes was born on November 11, 1928. Aura is, as his third novel, one of his top five best known works. Even the New York Times noted in his 2012 obituary that he was a very admired writer. A characteristic interesting to Fuentes was that he only wrote with pen and paper - nothing else - because he believed that words could express themselves best that way.