Octavio Paz (1914-1998) is one of the greatest Latin American poets of our time. Born in Mexico City, he worked in several countries, including India, where he was Mexican Ambassador, resigning in 1968 after the Mexico City massacre of student demonstrators. Paz translated widely, from Japanese, English, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Chinese, and Sanskrit. In 1990 he was awarded, tardily enough, the Nobel Prize for Literature.
-from Alastair Thomson’s introduction in MPT Series 3/5 Transgressions