The Death of Artemio Cruz (FSG Classics) Paperback – 3 Feb 2009
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
This is more than a retranslation of a masterpiece. It amounts to a restoration: here is the magnificent book that Fuentes wrote originally, superbly rendered by Alfred Mac Adam into an English version that precisely meshes with Fuentes's Spanish.--Douglas Day
Carlos Fuentes is perhaps the only living Latin-American writer who has it in him to do for his country what Euclides da Cunha did for Brazil in "Os Sertoes," and to make the passion of the land's rebirth and repossession comprehensible to the outsider.--Anthony West "The New Yorker "
Remarkable, in the scope of the human drama it pictures, the corrosive satire and sharp dialogue.--Mildred Adams "The New York Times Book Review "
This is more than a retranslation of a masterpiece. It amounts to a restoration: here is the magnificent book that Fuentes wrote originally, superbly rendered by Alfred Mac Adam into an English version that precisely meshes with Fuentes's Spanish. Douglas Day
Carlos Fuentes is perhaps the only living Latin-American writer who has it in him to do for his country what Euclides da Cunha did for Brazil in "Os Sertoes," and to make the passion of the land's rebirth and repossession comprehensible to the outsider. Anthony West, "The New Yorker"
Remarkable, in the scope of the human drama it pictures, the corrosive satire and sharp dialogue. Mildred Adams, "The New York Times Book Review""
About the Author
Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) was one of the most influential and celebrated voices in Latin American literature. He was the author of 24 novels, including "Aura," "The Old Gringo" and "Terra Nostra," and also wrote numerous plays, short stories, and essays. He received the 1987 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.
Fuentes was born in Panama City, the son of Mexican parents, and moved to Mexico as a teenager. He served as an ambassador to England and France, and taught at universities including Harvard, Princeton, Brown and Columbia. He died in Mexico City in 2012.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Any analysis will not do this work justice. If you believe that the ultimate function of great fiction writing is to find a way to somehow transcend the limits of the written word, to give the reader an experience that defies material explanation, then Fuentes is the writer for you. You will forget your structuralist, post-structuralist, deconstructionist, and post-modernist theoretical follies and consider yourself nearly a formalist after this book. You may even be able to read a T. S. Eliot essay without throwing up. This book will change you. If you like to pretend you are a writer, YOU HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK!
Carlos Fuentes is the essential Mexican writer, and I do consider this his best work. It was first published in Spanish in 1962 and dedicated to C. Wright Mills, of The Power Elite; LISTEN, YANKEE - The Revolution in Cuba and others, and who died in that same year. He called Mills the "true voice of North America" and the "friend and comrade in the Latin-American struggle."
The novel commences with the protagonist, Artemio Cruz, on his death bed. The year is 1959. Cruz was born in the late 19th century. Fuentes tells the story of Cruz, against the background of the story of Mexico itself, in a series of chapters with varying dates over that period, and Fuentes also uses flashbacks from the death bed. In one chapter the author even manages to reach back to the beginning of the 19th century, and briefly covers French rule in the middle of that century. There is the perennial political instability and fighting; with an old elite landowner class being wiped out, and a new class of "revolutionaries" quickly replicating the old class, much as Orwell depicted in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story.Read more ›
I have no problem with the change in viewpoint - from 'I' to 'You' to 'He' - in fact I really enjoyed this chimerical form of being able to say 'look, this is a different viewpoint'. I found this to be really Joycean - or possibly even more like Joyce's compatriot Beckett. I love that sense of dislocation whereby you have to read the novel like stream of consciousness. But Fuentes is neither Joyce nor Beckett (maybe more Beckett-like as he is really trying to make people think without resorting to the tell-mode).
There are so many debates within this book. Debates about 'the revolution', debate between young and old Mexico without even going into the narrative that makes up this book.
Fuentes is a master of conveying things without the reader being aware that he is being worked on. I would sincerely urge those that failed to make it with this book to give it another try, to loosen up your mind and let the book flow over you. It is an excellent piece of work and probably the best example I have read of new Latin American magical.
Please read the book. Apart from Pedro Paramo it is probably the most enjoyable book I have read from Mexico and certainly the deepest within the new Latin American mystical realism group. Onward to Arltt.
Cruz is a newspaper magnate and political powerhouse who has risen from nothing to become a one-man industry. Needless to say he hasn't always abided by the rules along the way, and it is the dirt and filth that he has been privy to that drives the tale. Fuentes divides the book into periods of time, each one instrumental in shaping the Cruz we have lying in bed. Jumping from the Mexican civil war, to the closing of a business deal, to the dangerous machinations of politics, Fuentes is able (as many others have pointed out) to tell the tale of modern Mexico through the eyes of a single man. Towards the end of each chapter the action returns back to the present day Cruz and his battle with a decaying body. These are not as exciting or as necessary as the "action" but they do allow Fuentes to showcase another style of writing.
Like many key novels of the Latin American Boom, modernism is evident. There are multiple narrators (with very often little to discern between the competing voices) and at times this multiplicity also cuts across two or three time periods within the space of a few lines. The text is not linear and as a result what you read later will change what you read 200 pages prior - thus I can only imagine that this book is an even richer read second time around. You do find yourself carrying around six or seven different versions of Cruz at various points in his life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this a difficult book to get into so maybe it is a matter of mood. Strong literature. MagGPublished on 5 Feb. 2013 by Maggie Goren
I enjoyed learning about Mexican history through the retelling of Artemio's life, but found the narrative style unnecessarily obtuse and the protagonist (and other characters)... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by GemC3
A classic of it's time which had passed me by, until now. If you enjoy suth American authors, you should enjoy this.Published on 25 Dec. 2012 by Sunshine