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The death of Artemio Cruz

Author: Carlos Fuentes; Sam Hileman
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [1964] ©1964
Series: Noonday, 307
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
History
Spanish fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fuentes, Carlos.
Death of Artemio Cruz.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©1964
(OCoLC)681546260
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carlos Fuentes; Sam Hileman
ISBN: 9780374505400 0374505403
OCLC Number: 2183200
Notes: Translation of: La muerte de Artemio Cruz.
Description: 306 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Noonday, 307
Other Titles: Muerte de Artemio Cruz.
Responsibility: Carlos Fuentes ; translated from the Spanish by Sam Hileman.

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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.

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