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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As in all his fiction, but perhaps most powerfully in this book, Fuentes is a passionate guide to the ironies of Mexican history, the burden of its past, and the anguish of its present.

Despite the despicable nature of Artemio’s life, I came to care about this man. Cruz makes no effort to save the man, who is executed by a firing fuented.

The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

Artemio Cruz was a fictional impoverished mulatto. Nov 11, Alejandro Bravo rated it it was amazing. He has the poet’s power to lift them up, or to cast them into a deeper pit of confusion. He proposes an existentialist way out, but his sense of courage is greater than his suggested submission to man’s apparent destiny. View all 25 comments. Food and singers and waste all around as low-paid busboys hustle drinks and cooks slave in the kitchen. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Although funtes a few of his works are still read,….

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The Death of Artemio Cruz

Tellingly, the third person occupies by far the most space here, and I for one gritted my teeth through the other sections for the sake of a return to this main body of the story. The Death of Artemio Cruz Cover of first edition.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In fact, he has left the bulk of his estate to his loyal aide, Padilla. Doris Lessing’s Briefing for a Decent into Hellanother hospital-death-bed-interspersed-by-flashbacks story, springs to mind.

He orders for his only loyal friend Padilla to bring a recorder to record his last spoken words. I now know why. Cruz betrays a fellow soldier and blackmails the man’s sister into marriage, ensuring his position in a wealthy land-owning family.

Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama; his parents were Mexican. I deeply respect and admire the inventive, narrative technique, which in some respects is revolutionary.

The arrogant young man raped Cruz’s mother, a young mulatto slave. The writing is powerful, somewhat experimental, and I almost did not want the book to end. Of course, this third section, which is written in the second person, reads like the author’s direct reproach not just of Artemio Cruz but of us, the audience, too.

The story reveals that Cruz became rich through treachery, bribery, corruption, and ruthlessness. The words seem to fly off Fuentes’s pen; it moves fast.

The Death of Artemio Cruz Summary & Study Guide

After the revolution, through corrupt wheeling and dealing and use of force for self-aggrandizement he became extremely rich. Novel, an invented prose narrative of considerable length and a certain complexity that deals imaginatively with human experience, usually through a connected sequence of events involving a group of persons in a specific setting. There is carlls available cash, but a vast fortune in land. Internet URLs are the best. Might have made a better read than this, though.


Artemii good about Artemio Cruz? As in all hi Hailed as a masterpiece since its publication inThe Death of Artemio Cruz is Carlos Fuentes’s haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico. Return to Book Page.

The flashbacks intrigued me in the way that Fuentes used changes in time to serve the narrative as they take the reader to high-points and low points of this man’s rise from abject poverty and military adventures to his love fuentess and rise to power with its attendant material wealth. 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.

They all say that Fuentes was a genius. Fuentes suggests that only those who die young or live in abject poverty manage to retain their idealism. Ahora ambos lo hemos perdido.