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Venture with us into the soul of Mexico

Book of the Month

Join us as we explore the work of Latino authors together, both old and new! The Book of the Month for June is The Death of Artemio Cruz by the late author Carlos Fuentes, one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world. Along with Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa and Julio Cortázar, he was a catalyst of what was known as El Boom, which was the explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and ’70s.

The death of artemio cruz

The blurb on the back cover of the book gives us an idea of what’s in store for us this month:

As this novel opens, Artemio Cruz, an all-powerful newspaper magnate and land baron, lies confined to his bed, gravely ill, and in dreamlike flashes recalls the pivotal episodes of his life. Carlos Fuentes manipulates the ensuing kaleidoscope of images with dazzling inventiveness, layering memory upon memory, from Cruz’s early, heroic campaigns during the Mexican Revolution, through his relentless, unscrupulous climb from poverty to wealth as a hacienda owner after the war, to his uneasy present as an old man looking back over a long life filled with violence of many kinds.  Perhaps Carlos Fuentes’s masterpiece, The Death of Artemio Cruz is a haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico.

Join our book club group on Facebook to partake in our discussions throughout the month.

As always, suggestions for subsequent Books of the Month are welcome and appreciated. Click here to submit your book suggestion.

Happy reading!

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. A good read by one of the great Latino authors!

  2. Good book! Scathing social commentary.

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