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 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.
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