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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They want to inherit his money and to be able to say their hands are clean both at the same time.

The Death of Artemio Cruz Summary & Study Guide

The book, which is deathh regarded as Carlos Fuentes’s best — I’ll resist endorsing that statement now, for I haven’t read any other of his fictional works, but I acknowledge it’d be hard to beat — tells the sinister, obfuscated story of the failure of the Mexican Revolution xruz way of the sinister, obfuscated character Artemio Cruz. View all 5 comments.

Fuentes influenced contemporary Latin American literature, and his works have been widely translated into English and other languages. Hailed as a masterpiece since its publication inThe Death of Artemio Cruz is Carlos Fuentes’s haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico. He is a very rich and powerful man, made fuenntes, godless and corrupt by his hard childhood and his soldiering during the Mexican revolution during which he had cheated death several times and had done, and suffered, betrayals.

How to compete with history? Artemio Cruz was a fictional impoverished mulatto.

Cruz sends his only son, Lorenzo, to manage the family estate at Cocuya at the age of 12, partly to spite Catalina, who adores the boy. Fuentes, with reference to Baudelaire, says not.

Dec 12, Ben Winch rated it liked it Recommended to Ben by: Open Preview See a Problem? Also by means of straight memory, dream states, and the continuous contrast of Artemios’s current struggle with his illness, his doctors, and his family, the author draws the reader into all the conflicting ways any person deals with a life. Like many men who were in war, in his old age he goes back to those events as the most significant in his life. The author’s hero-villain, Artemio, is disintegrating when the book starts, relives his life in flashbacks, is dead when it ends.


The Death of Artemio Cruz from Gale. Artemio Cruzthe great Latin American novel? Roa Bastos ”I the Supreme”. While still a soldier, Artemio finds his first, his one and only love. In his adolescence, he returned to Mexico, where he lived until 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”.

Fuentes suggests that only those who die young or live in abject poverty manage to retain their idealism.

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I turned the last page and wondered who I could read that writes like this today. 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 of 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.

He proposes an existentialist way out, but his sense of courage is greater than his suggested submission to man’s apparent destiny.

As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, former revolutionary turned capitalist, lies on his deathbed. How to create characters richer, crazier, more imaginative than those offered by history? This study guide contains the following sections: I deeply respect and admire the inventive, narrative technique, which in some respects is revolutionary.


He bought land outside ever-expanding Mexico City. He and Mexico deserve better of each other. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He in turn hates them for their hypocrisy.

And you wake up and listen to fragments of conversation, try to discern gestures or physical traits of the ones around you at present and you are only now seeing the invisible threads connecting your life and your ascent to the development of Mexican revolution and implicitly Mexican history.

Articles containing Spanish-language text Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers. Fuentes is an angry young man–so angry that, at times, his rage takes him to the edge of incoherence.

The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

Once she dies of a bullet wound, his ideals become diluted by sorrow. Written in a wonderful narrative style, cryz story of your life impresses.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But for all that, to me it doesn’t fuentex half the p It’s hard when a good friend recommends a book so highly and you can’t come to the party. The book seems to go in a sequence of events starting from his recent memory to the first memory where he goes back to his birth here the novel ends. Views Read Edit Dsath history. Such works fall into three major language divisions: Miss Adams is an authority on the literature of the Spanish-speaking world.

This is my own fault, not the fault of the author’s.