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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 Cindy Tovar

Born in Flushing, Queens to Colombian parents, Cindy has always loved reading and writing. For this reason, she entered Montclair State University to pursue an English degree, but instead fell in love with and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. During her time at Montclair State, Cindy joined the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) on campus. She immediately felt comfortable surrounded by peers that shared both love and pride for the Latino culture, something she had never experienced before. She ultimately became president of LASO. Since then, Cindy has earned her M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College, and works as a bilingual Special Education preschool teacher in Brooklyn. Despite feeling exhausted by the time she reaches her New Jersey home, she still uses her spare time to write. Joining the Being Latino family is one of the best things that has happened to Cindy because it fulfills her in two ways: She can write to her heart’s content while reaching an engaging audience, and it helps her stay connected to her Latino culture. You can find more of Cindy’s writing on her personal blogs: Dagny’s Dichotomy, and Cindy’s Chronicles.

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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