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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The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

This study guide contains the following sections: Polk’s Manifest Destiny; or Venezuela’s Juan Vicente Gomez, who announced his own death in order to punish those who dared celebrate it; or El Salvador’s Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez, who fought off scarlet fever by having street lights wrapped in red paper; or Bolivia’s Enrique Penaranda, of whom his mother said, ”If I had known that my son was going to be president, I would have taught him to read and write” – all of them pose tremendous problems for Latin American novelists: We veath read about too many wars, too much blood, rot and cruelty: Muy aburrido para mi gusto.

That said, there’s some epic sequences here: The Death of Artemio Cruz Spanish: Cruz is raised by his uncle Lunero, a man he would defend to the death if necessary.

I mentally experienced such wonderfully narrated moments, in spite of their sadness, that I will always remember you like a character who, although highly unlikable, has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that attracts and stays in your memory alive. However you describe La muerte de Artemio Cruz ‘s greatness, you’ll need a capital G. But the story itself was not always easy to read, and by that I mean the way that someone once told me they don’t read and they consider James Patterson a “hard” author to read, because he’s “difficult”.


The Death of Artemio Cruz

Sam Hileman ably translates Fuentes’ prose, which includes lengthy sections without punctuation, and unusual passages told in the second person. Sep 30, brian rated it liked it. Bravo, Carlos Fuentes, simplemente bravo.

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The Death of Artemio Cruz Cover of first edition. Maybe because of this premise of the plot, or maybe it is the author’s style, that this book seems to be in a state of perpetual delirium, like mutterings of a brilliant poet with a soaring fever, ddath between life and death, describing glimpses of heaven and hell It is considered to be a milestone in the Latin American Boom.

As he lies dying, he knows that his wife and children consider him to have been a brutal thug. Fuentes suggests that only those who die young or live in abject poverty manage to retain their idealism. Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination….

Punctuating the sordid record of betrayal is Cruz’s awareness of his failing body and his keen attachment to sensual life.


Food and singers and waste all around as low-paid busboys hustle drinks and cooks slave in the kitchen. He has the poet’s power to lift them up, or to cast them into a deeper pit of confusion. Return to Book Page. In the last chapter,we learn details of his birth and childhood at the end of guentes book Of course he had many mistresses along the way and we learn of his relationships with some of these. Artemio Cruz loved his son. He bought land outside ever-expanding Mexico City.

Each generation, says Fuentes in surprise, must face its own frustration and learn to accept it. ddeath

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Anyone interested in Mexican history. In a real sense Cruz was more than a man living in Mexico during a time of revolution: Seventy-one-year-old Artemio Cruz is dying. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. He now owns vast tracks of land, companies, a newspaper and, by himself, he is a major political player. Open Preview See a Problem?

Critical Survey of Long Fiction. They all say that Fuentes was a genius.