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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (24 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611207541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611207545
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 12.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The author of more than a dozen novels and story collections, Carlos Fuentes is Mexico's most celebrated novelist and critic. He has received numerous honors and awards throughout his lifetime, including the Miguel de Cervantes Prize and the Latin Literary Prize. Included among his books are Terra Nostra, Where the Air Is Clear, and Distant Relations. Alejandro Branger is a writer and filmmaker. He lives in New York City. Ethan Shaskan Bumas wrote the story collection The Price of Tea in China, which was a finalist for PEN America West Fiction Book of the Year. He teaches at New Jersey City University. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
A stunning novel that proves conclusively that even the oldest genre archetypes can still be used in new ways. Yves Navarro and his wife Asunción are part of Mexico City's thriving middle class, concerned with status, property, their family's material success... all your typical yuppie obsessions. They're doing well, but Yves' new client, a dispossessed Eastern Europe gentleman, brings with him the promise of reward beyond their wildest dreams.

Vlad is a novel of halves. The first half is about the tension between classes - the new, rootless middle class gazing hungrily at the unattainable status of hereditary nobility. Tangible success vs intangible status. Vlad Dracul taunts and teases Yves and Asuncion, offering them all that they cannot achieve for themselves: immortality, history, privilege. The vampire is also a metaphor (if an obvious one) for colonialism - he's a bloodsucking European, arriving to drain Mexico dry.

The second half is more visceral fare. Mars needz women and Drac wants to get some action. There's a bit of the old Faustian compact buried in here, but mostly Yves is running around like a headless chicken whilst Dracula has his way of things (and people). The conclusion arrives in a suitably squishy fashion. Although the book contains scenes that are slightly stomach-churning, Fuentes makes the point that all of us - fleshy human or lofty immortal - have our physical needs.

This English translation Vlad is out in English from the Dalkey Archives, who also graced it with a stunning cover...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fidelina on 29 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nice little story but I was expecting so much more from Fuentes - disappointed it didn't challenge my thinking as I had hoped.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This may not be Fuente's greatest work. but it has the fingerprints of a master all over it. 7 Dec. 2012
By Noovella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fuentes reinvents the Bram Stoker classic in Mexico City, when the count makes the journey from the old country to the new world with a specific goal in mind.

Before he joined the undead, through a ten-year-old girl vampire, he was the fourteen century Romanian ruler, Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. If you don't know Vlad his unspeakable crimes are listed here. And they are not what terrifies you in this well-written short novel filled with graphic imagery.

It is the earnest attorney, Yves Navarro, who is tasked with Vlad's move to Mexico. Dark humor pervades the new tenant's many odd requests such as blackened windows, escape tunnel, and multiple drains.

Yves's domestic life appears tranquil, despite the loss of his eleven-year-old son, who disappeared in the ocean on a beach outing. He and his wife, Asunción, and his little girl live the middle class life. But it is the loss of their son that has opened the door for evil to enter the family.

This tale is more than a horror story; it also reveals the ignorance of ignoring or not noticing problems until it is too late. The reader always knows more than the clueless Yves. The vampire has his eyes on his wife and littler girl.

The book is comical at times with Vlad's fake toupee and mustache, but this novella is truly scary and horrible. Fuentes is an amazing stylist, and the story will creep you out and fill you with terror. This may not be Fuente's greatest work. but it has the fingerprints of a master all over it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Terrifying in its simplicity 12 Oct. 2012
By readlikebreathing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think this may be one of my favorite re-imagined versions of Dracula since the original. The book is incredibly short, only about 100 pages as opposed to the Stoker version which is somewhere upwards of 500. But in that incredibly short space of time, Fuentes manages to create a story more chilling than the original. It's a must read for the Halloween season.

The story takes place in present day Mexico city, and though a lot of the story is cut out, the elements that remain are absolutely terrifying. It's the small things that Fuentes kept which helped retain the terror. The creepy aspects of the Count's appearance the main character couldn't explain or rationalize, the terrifying sidekick of the Count's, the oddly sexualized moments the stand in for Harker couldn't contend with, subtle things like the lack of mirrors.

However Fuentes takes it a step further, and in a modern day Dracula's house adds subtle touches that both make the Count seem more technilogically savy, as well as more terrifying. At one point something so gruesome happened I thought I would be sick, but in very much the same way Stoker handles it.

All together I love this book, which is published by the Dalkey Archive Press; An non-profit publisher that operates out the University of Illinois. Definitely go check them out, because they publish a lot of international books like this one that get overlooked by major publishers.
Tonal problems 17 Dec. 2014
By W. Joe Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An update of Dracula, with the obligatory, “I don’t drink . . . wine” line. I’ve got to say that I expected more in general of this novel. Though there are creepy moments, about four full pages of second-hand gore—-by second-hand I mean “historical” in relating Vlad’s origins—-provide the bulk of horror. I found those pages and their gore gratuitous. As far as the allegory bit about consumerism that some reviewers found—-I didn’t see it. Lawyers galore, yes, but lawyers gotta eat too, yes? I suppose one of the better creepy parts comes with the ending confrontation between ten-year-old daughter and father: “Daddy, I bet you didn’t know that squirrels’ teeth grow inside until they pierce the top of their heads.” His daughter then stuffs a live squirrel into her panties. This scene is followed rapidly by a confrontation between husband and wife, wherein the wife confesses that she enjoys the dangerous sex with Vlad and is bored with her husband. These concluding pages are mostly fine. The idea of God being “unfinished” like a child is also intriguing. For me, though, it was too little, too late. The novel’s overall problem lies in . . . its overall tone. While there are creepy parts, as mentioned, these parts are not pervasive enough to be atmospheric, much less build. And while the narrator is a naïve doofus, he is not exaggerated enough to form a comic or allegoric platform for the novel. Lastly, while there are fine philosophical and psychological insights, these do not appear with the frequency nor the intensity to involve a reader’s intellectual commitment. Alas.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An Invigorating Dark Comedy 24 Sept. 2012
By Man of La Book - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Vlad by Car­los Fuentes is a short novel tak­ing place in Mex­ico City, Mex­ico. The story was part of the 2004 col­lec­tion "Inqui­eta Com­pañía" and recently came out as its own book trans­lated by Ale­jan­dro Branger and Ethan Shaskan Bumas

Count Drac­ula, Vlad, has decided to immi­grate toMex­ico after the may­hem inEast­ern Europe and count­less wars have short­ened his blood sup­plies. Vlad has ves­sels inMex­ico who intro­duce him Yves Navarro, a lawyer, and his wife Asun­ción, a real estate agent.

Yves and Asun­ción have lost a son in sea and Vlad entices them with the promise of see­ing their daugh­ter live for­ever, and remain a child eternally.

Vlad by Car­ols Fuentes takes on an inter­est­ing premise, what if Drac­ula still lived and set­tled inMex­ico City. As one might expect, there is a lot of dark humor in this book, start­ing with the strange requests the client is mak­ing of the real estate agent ("remote", "easy to defend") to the client's look which con­sists of a silly wig and glued on mustache.

What I found to be dif­fer­ent in this book is that the reader knows a lot more than the nar­ra­tor. This style of sto­ry­telling invig­o­rates the dark com­edy and brings a sense of omi­nous fore­bod­ing to banal and mean­ing­less lines said by the famous Count.

In this ren­di­tion of the story, Fuentes mar­ries vam­pire and lawyers - both server as ves­sels for unprin­ci­pled lust with­out ethics. As many vam­pire sto­ries do, they let the fan­tasy and myth reflect on our own lives through anec­dotes and metaphors.

While I'm not much for hor­ror and fear, I think this novel is a gem which clearly illus­trates the essence of great writ­ing, char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and flam­boy­ancy which are dif­fi­cult to pull off. The bal­ance between hor­ror and com­edy, debauch­ery and per­son­i­fi­ca­tion are per­fect and the campy, yet sur­real atmos­phere is almost magical.
Not for me..... 12 May 2014
By Lisa A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was intrigued by the idea of Dracula in modern day Mexico and looked forward to reading this when a friend loaned it to me. However I quickly saw it was not for me. Instead of mysterious strangers and immortal love, the author reduced the story to blackmail, sex and drains situated around the rooms in Dracula's home to catch the blood. I didn't hate the book but sadly I wasn't entertained enough to recommend it anyone else.
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