The Death of Artemio Cruz. Carlos Fuentes, Author, Alfred J. Mac Adam, Translator Farrar Straus Giroux $15 (p) ISBN Hailed as a masterpiece since its publication in , The Death of Artemio Cruz is Carlos Fuentes’s haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico. Carlos Fuentes, a young Mexican novelist and brilliant polemicist, belongs to the second group. What he seems to be saying in this extraordinary novel is not.

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One wonders whether this is the best he can do–or whether, with his abundant imagination and great skill, he may find for himself and his disciples the goals which, in his own words, are “to raise up all men.

How to compete with history? Vargas Llosa and I sought an answer by inviting a dozen Latin American authors to write a novella each – no more than 50 pages per capita – on their favorite national fuemtes. Cruz betrays a fellow soldier and blackmails the man’s sister into marriage, ensuring his position in a wealthy land-owning family.

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I expect a lot of the emotional distance I interpret in the reading is because of that context which is lost on me. As a result, Fuentes presented a history of the revolution through the lens of one man’s life. He valued this memory of her because it was a love given to him when he was still a nobody.

Food and singers and waste all around as low-paid busboys hustle drinks and cooks slave in the kitchen.


They all say that Fuentes was a genius. Artemio is dying all the way through the novel, but looking back from his sickbed and through the dreams and delirium of illness. Like many men who were in war, in his old age he goes back to those events as the most significant in his life. Again, I don’t blame the authors or the culture, because it’s my fuemtes fault I don’t understand the context in which they wrote. This is not a book to feel at ease with.

If you can make your way through the shuffling of timespans, endure the earthy vocabulary and the sentimental counterpoint, you will find within this book a passionate echo ufentes the inchoate protest which causes young Mexican intellectuals to find themselves at least in theory disenchanted with material affluence and yearning for a cause worthy of their devotion.

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In fact, he has left the bulk of his estate to his loyal aide, Padilla. The premise is great, I love the idea of the bouncing around, the storytelling aspect. This is an excellent book to read for anyone who wants to understand how the Mexicans see themselves and their history in the first half of the 20th century. He and Mexico deserve better of each other. Open Preview See a Problem? This novel made a huge impression on me. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Fuentes influenced contemporary Latin American literature, and his works have been widely translated into English and other languages. But the story itself was not always easy to read, and by that I mean the way tha I thought the premise of the story sounded interesting – Artemio Cruz no relation to that other guy named Cruz is a corrupt The collective volume would be called ”Los Padres de las Patrias” ”The Fathers of the Fatherlands”and the French publisher Claude Gallimard took it up instantly.


Sep 28, Deea rated it really liked it Shelves: However you describe La muerte de Artemio Cruz ‘s greatness, you’ll need a capital G. He quickly becomes a wealthy, arrogant, unprincipled scoundrel—the exact types he fought against during the revolution.

The Death of Artemio Cruz

Hailed as a masterpiece calros its publication inThe Death of Artemio Cruz is Carlos Fuentes’s haunting arte,io into the soul of modern Mexico. Our protagonist Artemio Cruz is on his death bed refusing to make a confession to his priest as the Catholic Church is one enemy he absolutely refuses to pardon. That destiny, as here pictured, is mostly repulsive.

Cover of first edition. View all 25 comments. Cruz had been born into a family of very modest means.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He treats his family like financial dependents incapable even of the hard work and disciplined thought he demands from his servants and business partners. Past loves, treacheries, escape from poverty and ascent on the wealth scale, history of your losses come in random flashbacks to you.

There is little available cash, but a vast fortune in land. But they’re to the point.