The Death of Artemio Cruz

The Death of Artemio Cruz

Book - 1964
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An imaginative portrait of an unscrupulous individual, the story also serves as commentary on Mexican society, most notably on the abuse of power--a theme that runs throughout Fuentes' work. As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, former revolutionary turned capitalist, lies on his deathbed. He drifts in and out of consciousness, and when he is conscious his mind wanders between past and present. The story reveals that Cruz became rich through treachery, bribery, corruption, and ruthlessness. As a young man he had been full of revolutionary ideals. Acts committed as a means of self-preservation soon developed into a way of life based on opportunism. A fully realized character, Cruz can also be seen as a symbol of Mexico's quest for wealth at the expense of moral values.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, c1964
Description: 306 p. ; 21 cm
Branch Call Number: Fuen


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Oct 15, 2012

This is not the first translation of Fuentes's famed novel, and thank dog for that. I recently discarded what must've been the first, and it was dreadful. In terms of diction in English, I mean, sentences lacking a verb, etc., etc. And in this book there are abrupt changes in setting and topic, so you can't afford to need to forgive the publishers for their sloppiness in letting out such atrocities. I'm looking forward to this one, which should be characterized as re-translated from the Spanish by Alfred MacAdam...

As if there weren't an abundance of good transcribers who'd kill to attach their names to a known masterpiece from the Latinamerican Boom...

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