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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  553 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Piensas que todo está bien. Eres feliz. Entonces tu jefe te encarga un trabajo extraoficial, nada muy complicado, se trata solamente de conseguir una casa para un excéntrico conde rumano. Una casa cerca de una barranca. Y cuando crees que has terminado con tu labor, te das cuenta de que tu pesadilla en esa casa, de ventanas tapiadas y sin espejos, apenas comienza. La sangr ...more
Hardcover, 122 pages
Published July 18th 2012 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: Where, Carlos Fuentes asks, is a modern-day vampire to roost? Why not Mexico City, populated by ten million blood sausages (that is, people), and a police force who won't mind a few disappearances? "Vlad" is Vlad the Impaler, of course, whose mythic cruelty was an inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. In this sly sequel, Vlad really is undead: dispossessed after centuries of mayhem by Eastern European wars and rampant blood shortages. More than a postmod
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Patty
Dracula will never be the same for me. I've been reading Fuentes since the late 80s, and I'm so sorry that there won't be any more to look forward to. But on the other hand, what an incredible body of work. This is not an afterthought book, or a gimme for the publisher. This is the real deal, and I enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed his previous novels.
Joseph Raffetto
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, Yve
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Madeline Knight-Dixon
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 terri
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Sara
A slip of a novel that captures all of the evil and horror of Dracula over the course of a mere 48 hours. Chilling and beautifully executed.
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
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 esta
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Renee
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Ben Loory
starts out fun, like a César Aira book, like we're just gonna be messing around with the old story... then plunges right on through and comes out the other side, completely convincing and harrowing.

never read any fuentes before. have a feeling this is the tip of a pretty amazing iceberg.
Tom
An engaging, compulsively-readable take on the vampire myth, set in modern-day Mexico City. Unexpected twists to the myth help focus the story on character rather plot. Also: nary a teen in sight, cute or otherwise, and no glitter.
Maurinejt
This was a very creepy fable. It was firmly grounded in horror which was used to turn common assumptions upside down. Mostly, it's about one very clueless, well-off Mexican lawyer who gets involved with the absolutely wrong person/supernatural entity. The brevity worked very well, I'm sure if it was an American author he would have stretched it out to 400 pages and it would have been just another vampire story, losing much of its power. Still, the report in the middle where you finally find out ...more
Chris Wolak
Apr 24, 2014 Chris Wolak rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vampire horror fans
If you're looking around for a scary read this Halloween season or a book to give for All Hallow's Read, I highly recommend Vlad by Carlos Fuentes. This is by far one of the best "sequels" to Bram Stoker's Dracula that I've read.

Fuentes pays homage to Dracula but masterfully makes Stoker's original creature all his own. There is no pandering to Hollywood and cheapening of the spirit of Bram Stoker's classic novel in this short work.

Vlad is an entertaining and well-written horror story. Fuentes'
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Michael
On the surface a riff on the classic vampire story, the novella by Fuentes is actually a study of long-term relationships and the paranoia they can create in the partners. Trust is essential in a marriage, but to what extent can anyone truly know the deepest wants, needs, and fears of another person, even if that person is a spouse? There is in this little book some traditional scariness. While reading it alone at night, I was certain I heard the scritching of a bat's claws on the skylight. The ...more
Peter
This Vlad is the historical Vlad the Impaler that Bram Stoker used as inspiration to name is vampire. And, he too, is a vampire.

Unlike Stoker, Fuentes gives us the origin of Vlad as vampire. Stoker's Dracula was creepy and horrific for its time; Fuentes' Vlad is one of the creepiest, disturbing vampires I have ever [encountered between the pages of a book.

Although Vlad is not a [direct] sequel to Dracula it can easily be read as such; I read it as a thematic sequel with a cornucopia of affecti
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Scott Mason
Read the following overwrought, ridiculous paragraph about a married couple in their 40s eating breakfast and answer the question below:

"A breakfast that lasts an hour, as it should, is a luxury nowadays. for me, it lays the foundation for the day. Breakfast is a time of loving stares that contain the unspoken memory of nocturnal love, and which goes beyond - but includes - culinary pleasure, recalling Asuncion in the nude, surrendering to me, and glowing in response to the intensity of my love.
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Steena
This book was horrifying and I think I mean that as a compliment. It is a masterful addition to the Dracula mythos that draws heavily on the history of Vlad the Impaler. This rooting in the historical elements of Vlad was my favorite part of the book. It was more sexual than I had supposed which, for me, is what lent the story much of its horror. Definitely NSFW. Fuentes did a great job of providing disturbing moments that made me squirm. I think, if I had children of my own it would have been w ...more
John
"Strength alone sustains power, and power requires the strength of cruelty."

Vampiric Vlad Tepes finds his way to Mexico. Why? Because, as Carlos Fuentes has it, Mexico is so tolerant of evil. Blood and money. Bribes to policemen blocking onramps, alms to beggars. And then the blood. Vlad Tepes' crimes in medieval Europe find their echo in the mutilations, dismemberments, and violations inflicted by the drug lords. Fuentes has constructed a beautiful parallel in this novel, right down to the book
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Gretchen
This little novella is a re-imagining of the Dracula story set in the present in which Vlad the Impaler comes to Mexico City. A lawyer, Navarro, is asked by his boss to help locate a house for his friend, Vladimir Radu, to live it. But Vlad has more plans for Navarro and his family and soon Navarro is sucked into a nightmarish scheme. It is a small book that is a fast read, but despite its short length, I really enjoyed it. It is well written and there are a few twists and turns in the plot that ...more
Joe
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 sup ...more
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Review by Alli Carlisle

“‘As you know, it’s preferable to be the master of your own downfall rather than to find yourself the victim of forces beyond your control,’” Navarro’s boss tells him early in the story. The deeper we go with Navarro, the narrator and main character of the late, great Carlos Fuentes’s novella Vlad, the smaller becomes the distance between control and victimhood, as they begin to pulse together in a messy, bloody, gradually overpoweri
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Chio Duran
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Joe Cummings
All my friends call me Vlad.

Published in 2010, Vlad is the last novel by Carlos Fuentes that was published during his lifetime. It's really more of a novella or an expanded short story, but still it's a great Halloween read by one of the grand masters of Mexican literature. I read the 2012 translation by E. Shaskan Bumas and Alejandro Branger that is published by Dalkey Archive Press in hard and soft cover as well as several e-formats. The story is about an old Carpathian count who has grown w
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R.G. Evans
Until his death this year, Fuentes was widely regarded as one of Mexico's premiere novelists, probably best known to American readers as the author of The Old Gringo, an imagining of Ambrose Bierce's last days in Mexico. I doubt this short novel about Dracula relocating to Mexico City will add much to his reputation, but it was an enjoyable, creepy read, a little unbearable to a reader who is the father of a young daughter. Good read for the losing days of summer.
Dariel
It is rumored to be an original piece, but I have my doubts. The old man recycled the last 50 years of his work into this novella. It's a mixture of Aura with Chacmool, and Artemio Cruz with a hint of modern Mexican social commentary. Perhaps because it is such a thin piece, we the readers have no choice but to attach deeper meaning to it. What else is left to say?
Read anything else from his Boom days, you'll get a feel for the real author.
Cindy
I'm always up for a good twist on Stoker's version of the Dracula tale. This one is set in Mexico City, and the Harkers are now a young attorney and his real estate agent wife. Unfortunately for the couple, there is no Van Helsing, Morris, Seward, or Holmwood.

This was a quick read and would have been at least a 4-star recipient, but it fell apart for me the last couple of pages.
Julianne Dunn
As usual, Fuentes mixes modern settings with messed up myths and fantasy. The ending is sooo messed up but the writing is wonderful. There is definitely a play on trust issues within long term relationships, making one realize that it is impossible to know someone completely. But in the end, this is just a great retelling (and brief!) of the classic Dracula tale.
Peter Herrmann
Well written (in Spanish - can't vouch for the English version), creepy - as it should be - and complete in it's own right (as horror story). Some truly nauseating - and en-gross-ing details (the shower scene, the squirrels scene, the historical/Balkan description, etc). Perfect length - just over 100 pages. Yet, as many of the other reviews here attest, this can be read at other levels than merely a classic horror story: symbolic of our relationships (what do we really know of our spouses, our ...more
Michael
This novel is a gem which clearly illus­trates the essence of great writ­ing; wit, humor, subtlety, characterization, and plot. What is uniquely different in this book is that the reader knows more than the nar­ra­tor. The bal­ance between hor­ror and com­edy are per­fect and the campy, yet sur­real atmos­phere is almost magical.
Oana
Very creepy version of Dracula set in Mexico City - a more disgusting vampire than Stoker's. Personally I preferred the novella length since it wasn't drawn out like many contemporary novels. Ultimately the book is about what matters in life and whether the tedium of routine crushes or saves us.
Cheryl
Creepy, twisted, horrifying. But that's the point. It does the job of bringing the original Vlad Dracul to Mexico and working out how he would find a foothold in Mexican society. I'm not such a fan of the genre, but I appreciated the literary artistry in the writing.
Andrew Neal
This is a cute, quick read about Dracula in Mexico city. It was nice, short sequel and homage to Bram Stoker's original novel. I'm sure I missed some of the satirical callouts on Mexican society, but I got the Dracula references, and that was plenty good for me.
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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.

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