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The Death of Artemio Cruz

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Hailed as a masterpiece since its publication in 1962, The Death of Artemio Cruz is Carlos Fuentes's haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico. Its acknowledged place in Latin American fiction and its appeal to a fresh generation of readers have warranted this new translation by Alfred Mac Adam, translator (with the author) of Fuentes's Christopher Unborn.

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Paperback, 307 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1962)
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Jim Fonseca
May 27, 2016 Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it
Shelves: spanish-authors
The book’s title is truth in advertising. We are at the deathbed of a man 71 years old. He reminisces about his life and in the process gives us a mini-history of modern Mexico. He also tells us in overly-medical detail about his pains and symptoms. His wife, daughter and son-in-law are usually by his bedside and he despises all of them.

Like many men who were in war, in his old age he goes back to those events as the most significant in his life. In Artemio’s case it was episodes during the Mexi
Diogenis Papadopoulos
Θα μπορούσε να είναι ένα μεγάλο ποίημα ή ένα βαθιά φιλοσοφημένο δοκίμιο για τη ζωή. Αντ' αυτού είναι ένας επίλογος. Ένας επιθανάτιος ρόγχος.
Εκτιμούμε κάτι, συνήθως, όταν το χάνουμε. Πόσο μάλλον όταν αυτό το κάτι είναι η ίδια μας η ζωή, όπως στην περίπτωση του Αρτέμιο Κρους.
Μέσα από τις τελευταίες ώρες του Αρτέμιο Κρους, η ζωή του περνά σαν λάμψη μπροστά από τα μάτια του, θολά από τον θάνατο που πλησιάζει. Με την ίδια ταχύτητα παρακολουθούμε και τη νεότερη ιστορία του Μεξικό.
Η ιδιαιτερότητα αυτού
Sep 28, 2015 Deea rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-2016
You are on your death-bed, suffering from an affliction of uncertain causes, Artemio Cruz. Surrounded by people you dislike, although they are part of your family, you are drifting from dream to reality, from past to present. “Time… will exist only in the reconstruction of isolated memory, in the flight of isolated desire, which will be lost once the chance to live is used up, incarnate in this singular individual that you are, a boy, already a moribund old man…"

Your mind is chaotically travell
Sep 30, 2008 brian rated it liked it
carlos fuentes is another one of those latin american writers that makes me hate myself. beyond his tremendous skill as a novelist, he's good looking, well dressed (the world was just cooler when novelists and film directors wore suits), worldly, dashing, daring, and claims to have slept with jean seberg and jeanne moreau. the bastard.

and then i came across an article he had written (first three paragraphs below) and now hate him as the series mentioned would probably be my favorite bunch of bo
Aug 09, 2014 mao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Βιβλίο μνημείο, συγγραφικό αριστούργημα. Δεν υπάρχει αίσθηση που να μείνει ανικανοποίητη από την ανάγνωση του. Βαθιά υπόκλιση στην ακούραστη δουλειά της μεταφράστριας Έφης Γιαννοπούλου που κατόρθωσε να κρατήσει σφιχτό, κατανοητό και άμεσο, χωρίς να χάσει ίχνος από την περιπλοκότητα και τον πλούτο των περιγραφών του, ένα κείμενο γεμάτο ανισόπεδες αφηγήσεις, χρονικές παύσεις και ιλιγγιώδεις γλωσσικές και θεματικές περιστροφές γύρω από τους άξονες του: της ανθρώπινης ύπαρξης και της ιστορίας.
Ben Winch
Dec 12, 2012 Ben Winch rated it liked it
Recommended to Ben by: Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
It's hard when a good friend recommends a book so highly and you can't come to the party. Artemio Cruz, the great Latin American novel? I can't see it. In synopsis, maybe, it's got everything the genre requires: ex-revolutionary soldier turned landowner through loveless relationship with big man's daughter becomes corrupt politician and media magnate and reflects, on his death-bed, on all the people he's shafted. It's the Citizen Kane of Mexico. But for all that, to me it doesn't have half the p ...more
Dec 02, 2016 Alireza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب در مورد تاریخ مکزیک است نه یک مرد. روایتش از طریق زندگی یک مرد است به نام آرتیمو کروز که به سه بخش من (حال)، تو (آینده) و او (گذشته) بازگو میشود. بخش «من» آرتیمو کروز در حال مرگ را روایت میکند. «تو» همانطور که آینده حالتی انتزاعی در فکر و اندیشه دارد، روایت در هم و سیالیست و بخش «او» پراکنده خاطراتی از آرتیمو کروز است که در واقع تاریخ مکزیک را بازمیگوید.

نکتهای که در مورد فوئنتس برای من وجود دارد این است که کتابهایش را دوست دارم و از خواندنشان لذت میبرم و مترجمی که در ذهنم برای او متصور میشو
I thought the premise of the story sounded interesting - Artemio Cruz (no relation to that other guy named Cruz) is a corrupt... well, everything: politician, soldier, man. He's on his deathbed now, and the story hops around in time to tell his story of each major event of his life, back to the "present" of his deathbed experience. The premise is great, I love the idea of the bouncing around, the storytelling aspect.

But the story itself was not always easy to read, and by that I mean the way tha
Alejandro Bravo
Nov 11, 2009 Alejandro Bravo rated it it was amazing
I had to read a book for my high school World Literature class and chose to read this book in particular because it seemed to be interesting. I did not know what to expect from this book because it caught me by surprise. The book starts off with a surprise in use of explicitness , the author Carlos Fuentes use rich imagery and other techniques to catch a reader and keep them focused and reading wanting to read on; though the novel is not simple it helps open up your imagination and think about w ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Iván rated it did not like it

el estilo de fuentes parece que simplemente no es para mi. tendré que leer "aura" para ver como es en algo más corto, pero en sus novelas largas lo encuentro como desagradablemente enfocado a estilo sobre substancia. además, su prosa no me es agradable, me parece falta de vida, demasiada académica. y, la verdad, encuentro pretencioso la forma en que sin más busca traer "grandes ideas" antes que contar una historia.
para ser justos el libro tenia buenos momentos. la relación de artemio con su espo
Eliana Rivero

Sinceramente, no me gustó. Y sí, entiendo lo que representa para la narrativa latinoamericana esta novela tan moderna. Pero no me gustó. Y creo que si la hubiese leído en la universidad tampoco me gustaría. Me agradó el tema y todo el rollo de contar la vida de Artemio Cruz desde el presente hasta el pasado (como si fuese el final, desarrollo e inicio, como una involución de la vida), pero no me gustó el estilo ni la prosa: es algo muy difuso para mí. Muchos pasajes se me hicieron irrelev
Dec 02, 2009 Dusty rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dusty by: Cesar Salgado
Shelves: read-in-2010
The Great Mexican Novel? The Great Novel of the Latin American "Boom" Generation? However you describe La muerte de Artemio Cruz's greatness, you'll need a capital G.

The book, which is generally 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 by way of the sinister, obfuscated character Artemio
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Seventy-one-year-old Artemio Cruz is dying. He is a very rich and powerful man, made ruthless, 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. After the revolution, through corrupt wheeling and dealing and use of force for self-aggrandizement he became extremely rich. He now owns vast tracks of land, companies, a newspaper and, by himself, he is a major political play ...more
David Lentz
Jun 11, 2011 David Lentz rated it really liked it
Artemio Cruz is a man whose impending death compels him to look back over the span of his life to re-live its peak experiences. In a real sense Cruz was more than a man living in Mexico during a time of revolution: he is a microcosm of Mexico itself. I deeply respect and admire the inventive, narrative technique, which in some respects is revolutionary. The switch of narrative voice in its person is daring and works brilliantly to make the narrative come alive. The story line becomes personal an ...more
This novel made a huge impression on me. Read as part of my 1962 reading list, it was the original translation by Sam Hileman, Fuentes's translator throughout the 1960s.

Artemio Cruz was a fictional impoverished mulatto. In his teens, he ran away to fight in the Mexican Revolution but later betrayed the ideals of that conflict and through sharp dealing became a wealthy and influential financier.

Artemio is dying all the way through the novel, but looking back from his sickbed and through the dre
Mohamed Karaly
Jun 21, 2013 Mohamed Karaly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية ممتازة ، ضايقنى فيها بس ما يمكن أن أسميه : انفصال التقنية عن الرواية
فى رواية زى (مئة عام من العزلة) الرواية هى التقنية ..و انت بعد ما تخلص الرواية مابتفتكرش منها إلا تقنيتها ..و جهد التقنية مش ظاهر ..من كتر ما التقنية كانت مشبعة تماما بوظيفتها
كذلك فى رواية (بدرو بارامو) العبقرية للمكسيكى خوان رولفو
أما فى (أرتيميو كروث) فالتقنية صوتها عالى وواضحة : الراوى منقسم على ذاته و الرواية متقسمة ل3 منطلقات سردية : الأول بيبدأ بأنا مطبوعة بحبر تقيل و هى عبارة عن تداعى خواطر الراوى بضمير المتكلم و
Que libro más maravilloso, no esperaba que otro libro de Carlos Fuentes pudiera ponerme la piel de gallina... El libro no solamente es valioso por su contenido histórico de fechas sumamente importantes para México, sino que la narración... Dios, la narración fue simplemente perfecta de principio a fin, aunque había un final obvio, las historias que fueron complementando la vida de Artemio Cruz hacen que el final parezca incluso algo inesperado, como si de pronto el ser detestable que te presenta ...more
Aug 31, 2007 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in Mexican identity or modern Mexican history.
Fuentes sums up the Mexican reality in the monumental "Chingar" Chapter. If you can read in Spanish, you must read this book in the original language. Something is lost in translation when you read about F*#K for a dozen pages or so. A thought provoking book that should be studied along with the Mexican Revolution and Post-Revolutionary Mexico for adequate historical context.
May 26, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: español, literature
Caveat: This review is specific to my current, idiosyncratic reading needs. Specifically, I need not to have my depression exacerbated. Short version: if you are ill and trying not to focus on your physical being, and would be disturbed by the graphic depiction of the physical decomposition and mental fragmentation of a dying protagonist who is sociopathic, power-consumed, hateful and in no imaginable way sympathetic, don't read this book. Longer version follows.


Some people achieve gre
Vicky G
Dec 16, 2009 Vicky G rated it it was amazing
La muerte de Artemio Cruz es una novela cautivadora que cuenta la vida y los recuerdos de Artemio Cruz en su lecho de muerto. Me encantó el lenguaje de esta novela, lo cual ilumina los pensamientos críticos y secos de Artemio Cruz. El vagar entre lo presente y el pasado se hace de una manera verdaderamente fascinante, y me parece que es bastante fisiológicamente preciso. Las memorias, los cuales son provocados por olores o palabras u observaciones, nos enseñan la vida vergonzosa y corrompida de ...more
Jul 12, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I read this book for the fourth time this year. I read it first in about 1986. At that time, I read Carlos Fuentes's own English version. Later a new translation was published to rave reviews, so I read it again. I cannot remember when I read it for the third time, but I know I started encouraging friends and family to read it but got few if any takers.

Now, reading it with the Facebook group "Classics and Impossible Reads," I understand why few persisted through the first 50 pages. It is TOUGH
Feb 19, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second venture into Fuentes, the first being "The Crystal Frontier." While "Crystal" was seemingly a bunch of short stories and "Artemio" is written as diary entries, I thought there was a definite connection in their forms. In "Crystal" the short stories often feature a lot of the same characters and all work together to paint a picture of existence on the literal and figurative "border." "Artemio" sometimes feels like disjointed anecdotes since the diary entries are not chronologica ...more
Apr 19, 2013 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I should have known going in that since A) we chose it for our Classics/Impossibles group and B) Harold Bloom edited an interpretation of the book featuring multiple essays, I was in for a challenge.

I found it beautifully written in parts and exasperatingly difficult in parts. And after reading the first essay (Structure and Theme in Fuentes' La muerte de Artemio Cruz...way more interesting than the title sounds!) I see that I have much to learn about the book I just finished. But I still found
Mar 07, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mexican-lit
This was the first Fuentes book I ever read and he hooked me. I am now buying and reading all the rest. He is one of the great writers of the 21st century and totally overshadowed by Garcia Marquez and Vargas Llossa.

This book is the story of Artemio Cruz as he reflects upon his life from the Mexican Revolution. He made it rich and did dubvious things to gain power. He seems to have no regrets but I won't give the story away.

Written in the early 1960s, Fuentes uses early post modern style which
Trenton Judson
Jan 04, 2013 Trenton Judson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book blew me away! Fuentes narrative style is nothing short of genius. He takes a man's life and presents the man in a way that none of us like to imagine that we are: human. It seems that so many of us either idealize or demonize people, including ourselves, instead of seeing what we really are, which is something unique and capable of mistakes and goodness. Fuentes also weaves in some historical information about Mexico and that gives it an authenticity that is very personal and intriguin ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foreign-language
There are pros and cons to my annual read-a-book-in-Spanish self-imposed requirement.

1. I feel oh-so-cultured and smart.
2. My Spanish is back to near-fluent levels by the second half of the book.

1. I have basically no idea what happened in the first half of the book.
2. It takes freaking forever.

Based on what I actually understood, this is a pretty darn good novel about Mexico and an old dude named Artemio. However, shifting perspectives, Mexican idioms, and lots of historical/political
Missy J
Oct 31, 2016 Missy J rated it it was ok
The plot sounded promising.

Right at the beginning, the reader comes across a dying Artemio Cruz. He is surrounded by his wife Catalina, their daughter Teresa, a priest and a doctor. But internally, Cruz curses them, he just wants to see his assistant Padilla and make sure that Padilla is safeguarding the audio recordings of his business dealings and the money.

Then with each subsequent chapter, we see flashbacks of Cruz' life; as a poor, young soldier during the Mexican Revolution, his one true
I read a translation by Alfred Mac Adam. This is the story of Artemio Cruz. The reader is introduced to Artemio as he lays dying. The story is told in a series of stream of conscious technique. Artemio takes us back in his life but not in chronological order and then back to the sick room where he is surrounded by his wife, daughter, granddaughter, the priest and Padilla. The author is really telling the story of Mexico through the life of Artemio. Artemio Cruz is not a real person but the revol ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Mostafa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
داستان خیلی خوب، روایت متفاوت، ترجمه عالی
کتاب به سبک جریان سیال ذهن و با روایتی متفاوت نوشته شده.
داستان زندگی آرتیمو کروز که از سه زاویه (من ، تو ، او) بهش پرداخته میشه... من، روایت زمان حال و هنگامی است که آرتیمو کروز در حال احتضار است... تو، روایت بی زمانی است که گویا آرتیمو از خارج به درون خودش نگاه میکنه و چیزهایی میبینه و حالتی برزخ گونه داره... او، که در واقع سیر داستان رو روایت میکنه، گذشته آرتیمو است که از طریق یادآوری های قسمت "تو" به گذشته میریم و سرگذشت آرتیمو رو روایت میکنه.
بن مایه ک
Oct 15, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Cruz is the bastard son of a decayed landowner and a slave. And it's his story we unravel as we start reading about the thoughts of a dying man, Cruz, on his death bed. The Mexican Revolution makes Cruz into an idealistic minor hero but, due to various events that mark his life, his idealism is destroyed and his lust for power and ambition turn him into the very same corrupt exploiter he had initially fought against. As we read his thoughts he is remorseless for his actions.
Carlos Fuentes uses a
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Carlos Fuentes Macías was a Mexican writer and one of the best-known novelists and essayists of the 20th century in the Spanish-speaking world. Fuentes influenced contemporary Latin American literature, and his works have been widely translated into English and other languages.

Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama; his parents were Mexican. Due to his father being a diplomat, during his childhoo
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“Perdiste tu inocencia en el mundo de afuera. No podrás recuperarla aquí adentro, en el mundo de los afectos. Quizá tuviste tu jardín. Yo también tuve el mío, mi pequeño paraíso. Ahora ambos lo hemos perdido. Trata de recordar. No puedes encontrar en mí lo que ya sacrificaste, lo que ya perdiste para siempre y por tu propia obra. No sé de dónde vienes. No sé qué has hecho. Sólo sé que en tu vida perdiste lo que después me hiciste perder a mí: el sueño, la inocencia. Ya nunca seremos los mismos.” 10 likes
“Tú y yo, miembros de esa masonería: la orden de la chingada. Eres quien eres porque supiste chingar y no te dejaste chingar; eres quien eres porque no supiste chingar y te dejaste chingar: cadena de la chingada que nos aprisiona a todos...” 5 likes
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