The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

"As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, the all-powerful newspaper magnate and land baron, lies confined to his bed and, in dreamlike flashes, recalls the pivotal episodes of his life. Carlos Fuentes manipulates the ensuing kaleidoscope of images with dazzling inventiveness, layering memory upon memory, from Cruz’s heroic campaigns during the Mexican Revolution, through his relentless climb from poverty to wealth, to his uneasy death. Perhaps Fuentes's masterpiece, The Death of Artemio Cruz is a haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico."

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  • John

    A remarkable meditation on Mexican history that was also beautifully and sympathetically written. Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful and engaging discussion.

    July 21, 2012

  • John

    In Memoriam...Today's News on the BBC: "The Mexican author Carlos Fuentes has died aged 83.

    Fuentes was one of the most prolific Latin American writers known equally for his fiction and his essays on politics and culture.

    His most famous works were The Death of Artemio Cruz and The Old Gringo.

    He was associated with the Latin American Boom - a literary movement made up of mainly young authors whose politically critical works broke with established traditions."

    May 15, 2012

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