Carlos Fuentes died today. I read his novel The Death of Artemio Cruz last year when I needed a Mexico book for my 6 books, 6 countries, 6 regions Challenge. It was amazing. Below you will find my brief (sadly) review and the Goodreads summary. If you have not read Fuentes yet, use this moment as an excuse to give yourself the gift of his work. Apparently he has a novella due out this year. I will definitely be buying are reading it. Thank you, Carlos, for making the world a more magical place with your craft.
This may be the best book I have ever read. It is lyrical, crude, laser-sharp but also epic. It was literally breath-taking. It is about life and death, love, loss, corruption, pride, compassion, connection to history and to the land. It is about Mexico and about what it is to be human, and about being.
Goodreads Summary: “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.”
As in all his fiction, but perhaps most powerfully in this book, Fuentes is a passionate guide to the ironies of Mexican history, the burden of its past, and the anguish of its present.”