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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 ...more
Hardcover, 122 pages
Published July 18th 2012 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Fabian
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To think of it, it's THE perfect novel to read on a rainy, rainy afternoon while sipping ultrahot but strong cappuccino at a posh Sanborn's in Mexico DF...
Richard Derus
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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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Amanda
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ashamed to say that this is my first time reading a novel by Mexico's most celebrated author (I've read some of his essays). Vlad is imbued with humor and horror, a commentary on contemporary life. I was taken with the sensuality of Fuentes' writing and can imagine it would be even better read in Spanish.
Jonfaith
A woman's hand in black gloves offered me the platter of organ meat. I felt revulsion, but my manners required that I take a bit of liver from here and a bit of tripe from there. . .

Yves Navarro finds himself a slave to class and upbringing throughout his encounter with the supernatural, this occurs to his detriment. Likewise the reader owes a debt to Fuentes and gives him a few passes. I know this reader did. There is a core of a good novel here. Details about the health and attentions of Fuent
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MJ Nicholls
A short vampiric tale, perhaps Fuentes’s response to the Twilight phenomenon. Vlad the Impaler is back and seeks fresh blood from a stoic lawyer’s wife and daughter. Tongue-in-cheeky, and faintly horrific.
Mohammad Ali

نمره ی واقعیش با ارفاق سه ستاره است

داستانی است در حوزه ی داستان های مربوط به دراکولا. اما قضیه یک داستان ترسناک نیست. بلکه به نظرم شاید بتوان گفت نگاهی است به رابطه ی زناشویی شخصیت اول داستان و همسرش و تردیدهایی که مرد در مورد رضایت زنش از او دارد. آن بخش هایی که برای من جذاب بودند و خواندنی، توصیفات مرد بود از تردیدهایش - مثلا تردید از اینکه آیا لذت های شبانه از جانب همسرش تحمل می شوند یا او هم در آنها سهیم است. این زوج کودکی را از دست داده اند و این مرگ در رابطه ی این دو مؤثر افتاده است. گویی
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juan carlos
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen libro, una historia muy interesante que refleja la sociedad mexicana, con un personaje muy extraño y admirable que representa a la perfección el perfil de un vampiro. Descripciones gráficas y características que hacen que el corazón se agite de terror. Recomendado a todo aquél que disfrute las historias de vampiros con finales inesperados. Un orgullo de la literatura de terror mexicana.
Patty
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Trike
Spoilers ahead, but I'm not going to hide the review. You have been warned.

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I get what Fuentes was trying to do with this story, but it was far too obvious.

The story has an old-fashioned structure and presentation combined with a more modern sensibility of not shying away from frank depictions of sex, as if H.G. Wells and Anne Rice had a creepily precocious baby who wrote novels in crayon. That combination is sometimes interesting because of the uneasy contrast in tone and subject matter... wh
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Jim
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's amusing to see a Mexican novelist of the stature of Carlos Fuentes have a try at the Dracula story. This time, it's all from the point of view of the Renfield character, who here is called Yves Novarro, a half-French half-Mexican attorney.

For the first half of Vlad, I tended to nod off, until Fuentes showed the savagery of the vampire character in history, when he was Vlad the Impaler. And, it seems that Count Vladimir Radu, as he is called here, is not that interested in the Renfield/Nova
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Ben Loory
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Renee
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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 Asunc
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Leah Bayer
The original Dracula is one of my favorite books, and one that I've read over and over again. I'm always drawn to retellings/reimaginings of the plot, so how could I resist Vlad? Dracula in Mexico City, where the crime is rampant and the police basically don't care about missing people. It seems like the perfect fit--and it is, though I think that being the "plot summary" is a bit misleading.

There's zero scenes of Dracula roaming around Mexico City. The entire novella is told from the perspecti
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Scott Mason
Apr 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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Tom
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Iván
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Creo que lo disfruté más que la mayoría de las cosas que leo de Fuentes (y, vaya que he leído a Fuentes recientemente) pero no la pondría, honestamente, en una pila de libros que me gustasen, especialmente no de fantasía o de terror. Mi problema con Fuentes es que muchas veces lo siento lejano, casi formulaico. Nunca he leído nada malo de él, pero tampoco he leído mucho de él que me haga sentir que le importa aquello de lo que escribe más allá que un ejercicio. Me sorprendió, de este libro, que ...more
Chris Wolak
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Adrienne
Oct 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


VLAD
A review in Spanish and English
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VLAD IS BAD. Seriously.

Lo leí en español.

Lo que me cae bien es el uso del lenguaje muy mexicano. Los mejicanismos, mejor dicho.

Lo que no me cae bien es...pués, lo demás.

Es novella. Novellita.

Y la mayoría de la novella se pasa con exposición y sexo.

¿Por qué dicho enfoque en novella de vampiros? ¡¿Quién sabe?!

Y, empeora con cada página que lea.

La premisa, excelente.

La novella, no tanto.

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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
Mike Ceballos
Para empezar, reconozco que Carlos Fuentes es uno de los grandes escritores mexicanos que aún viven. No a la altura de Octavio Paz, por supuesto; y, desde mi particular punto de vista, no rompe paradigmas o me sorprende como lo ha hecho Volpi. Y al leer a Vlad, uno puede darse cuenta de que es Carlos quien lo escribe. Matiza de una forma tradicional, la rutina y el comportamiento de los personajes. El tal Vlad no se muestra tan atrayente como el de Bram Stroker, ni tan macabro como un Nosferatu. ...more
Michael
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Bandit
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlos Fuentes according to this book is Mexico's most celebrated novelist and the premise was so interesting that I just had to check it out. This slim volume is Fuentes original and clever take on the Dracula legend. Vlad comes to Mexico City, because his ancesteral homelands become impowerish and war torn and Scotland Yard was too much to deal with in London. Mexico City actually seems like a great place for a vampire to get lost in, huge, very populous, and (now surpassing even US in the fat ...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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Steena
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Leigh
A short novella by the Mexican writer Fuentes left me a bit unsatisfied. There are moments of comedy in the story, mainly because we are so familiar with Bram Stoker's novel and the narrator of Fuentes story misses all the warning signs. One scene works particularly well when the narrator dines with Vlad and is presented with dishes of unidentified organs that he politely nibbles. However, the story is too slavish to the original in my opinion, but is still a pretty good read. I definitely would ...more
Gretchen
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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