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La muerte de Artemio Cruz

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El paso del tiempo —más de treinta años— ha ratificado el valor literario de una novela: La muerte de Artemio Cruz, en la que el autor se situaba a la vanguardia de lo que algunos años más tarde se conocería como la «nueva novela hispanoamericana».

Carlos Fuentes sorprendió a los críticos con una novela moderna y de enorme solidez narrativa. Novela de gran intensidad temáti
Paperback, 405 pages
Published January 28th 2004 by Cátedra (first published May 10th 1962)
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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
Feb 25, 2016 Deea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben Winch
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
Apr 18, 2016 Χρήστος rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Βιβλίο που νιώθεις ότι πρέπει να το διαβάσεις τουλάχιστον 2 φορές για να είσαι σε θέση να εκφέρεις γνώμη. Πολύ δύσκολο ανάγνωσμα, εξαιρετικό πυκνό, τα κομμάτια στα οποία ο Αρτέμιο Κρους απευθύνεται στον εαυτό του εν όψει του θανάτου του συγκλονιστικά και αξιοζήλευτης συγγραφικής ποιότητας. Τα αφηγηματικά κομμάτια που αφορούσαν το παρελθόν του ωστόσο ένιωσα πολύ συχνά ότι τραβούσαν περισσότερο από όσο έπρεπε και θα μπορούσαν να είναι σημαντικά μικρότερα.
Aug 16, 2015 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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2014 Iván rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Makis Dionis
Apr 16, 2016 Makis Dionis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mescal
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
David Lentz
Jun 20, 2011 David Lentz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2010 Dusty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: Cesar Salgado
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
Aug 31, 2007 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 15, 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
Apr 27, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 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  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2009 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
Dec 23, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 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
Peter Landau
Dec 15, 2014 Peter Landau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE DEATH OF ARTEMIO CRUZ by Carlos Fuentes reads like a literary take on CITIZEN KANE only further south.The style is similar, cut up and jumping around in time and place, only the newspaper magnate protagonist here is more of a sensualist. The story is fragmented in point of view, too, from first- to second- to third-person, creating an intimate account of the dying body, a trial by conscious and a biographical narrative all rolled up into one. Through the main character we are carried over th ...more
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
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
Jul 18, 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
Nov 16, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2015 Shanmugam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A laborious, but a brilliant read!

This novel opened with, seventy one years old Artemio Cruz on his deathbed, peeing on a metal container without realising it. The whole novel read like a biography.

It was like a scratch paper, the kind which reveals its picture once it is sketched/scratched off by a pencil completely. Just imagine that, it is randomly scratched off by a four year old. That's how the plot was unveiled. I don't think it was a mere stream of consciousness, as many people make it o
Austin Frank
Apr 06, 2015 Austin Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High Level Readers
Recommended to Austin by: Washington & Lee University
The Death of Artemio Cruz was befall one of the most difficult pieces of literature that I've ever read. Naturally, that being the case, I felt rather conflicted about this work. On one hand, the stream of consciousness style provided for an incredibly fascinating and intimate (and occasionally disturbing) look at death through the eyes of the man passing away. As a piece of art, I found this incredibly intriguing and effective at the same time.

On the other hand, I didn't especially enjoy this
Rajesh Kandaswamy
Aug 27, 2015 Rajesh Kandaswamy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I could say this for many books, I am more afraid in this than most – of may be missing the whole point. In any case, I think the author deals with 3 parallel themes: self, family and society. All are dealt in a particular context of the revolution and wars in Mexico. But, while each theme is treated in its own way, the cyclical nature and hence the futility of each – whether a highly accomplished life or a revolution, come across in each. There are many streaks of enjoyable prose and of v ...more
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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.” 8 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...” 4 likes
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