First translated into English more than a quarter-century ago, Fuentes's acclaimed novel about modern Mexico has since gone through nearly 30 printings. Despite its popularity, the original English version often was unclear, obscuring Fuentes's language and intent. MacAdam's meticulous new rendering gives the English-reading public a fresh slant on the fictional Cruz, a newspaper owner and land baron. The novel opens with Cruz on his deathbed, and plunges us into his thoughts as he segues from the past to his increasingly disoriented present. Drawn as a tragic figure, Cruz fights bravely during the Mexican Revolution but in the process loses his idealism--and the only woman who ever loved him. He marries the daughter of a hacienda owner and, in the opportunistic, postwar climate, he uses her family connections and money to amass an ever-larger fortune. Cocky, audacious, corrupt, Cruz, on another level, represents the paradoxes of recent Mexican history. Written before Fuentes's masterpieces A Change of Skin and Terra Nostra, this novel, with its freewheeling experimental prose and psychological exploration, anticipates many of the author's later themes.
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This is more than a retranslation of a masterpiece. It amounts to a restoration: here is the magnificent book that Fuentes wrote originally, superbly rendered by Alfred Mac Adam into an English version that precisely meshes with Fuentes's Spanish. (Douglas Day)
Carlos Fuentes is perhaps the only living Latin-American writer who has it in him to do for his country what Euclides da Cunha did for Brazil in Os Sertoes, and to make the passion of the land's rebirth and repossession comprehensible to the outsider. (Anthony West The New Yorker)
Remarkable, in the scope of the human drama it pictures, the corrosive satire and sharp dialogue. (Mildred Adams The New York Times Book Review)
A beautifully written book about the (ugly) life of a man who lived solely for himself. Fuentes vividly illustrates that a little of Artemio Cruz resides in all of us.Published 5 months ago by Ardie Walser
The story of the difficult birth of modern Mexico, told through the life of an unstoppable bastard. Artemio Cruz is Mexico. Read morePublished 6 months ago by I. Levy
Took a course in college in Latino Studies and this was one of several good books we read.Published 7 months ago by John C. McManus
The language is masterful, the story confusing until close to the end.Published 12 months ago by Sheila Hutman
This book is a glimpse into the history of Mexico from an unusual viewpoint. It is told through the ramblings of a dying man. Read morePublished 13 months ago by jennyq
This astounding book is a must-read for anyone who wishes to understand the Mexican Revolution, and the emergence of the Mexican state. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anne-Marie
this is a great read esp if you like marques, faulker, v. wolfe, mccarty-in other words not an easy read but a great bookPublished 19 months ago by Andy BMy
A short, quick read that reads strongly like a modern Edgar Allen Poe, if maybe a bit deeper. If you're looking for Faulkner, ie beautiful sentences you'll read over and over,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by BookNut3000
This was a great book. I don't know that it is one of the hundred books you should read before you die, but it is still an excellent read and highly recommended!Published on August 14, 2013 by David S. Wellhauser