La muerte de Artemio Cruz

Just some notes from Wikipedia:

Cruz 2The Death of Artemio Cruz is today “widely regarded as a seminal work of modern Spanish American literature”. Like many of his works, the novel used rotating narrators, a technique critic Karen Hardy described as demonstrating “the complexities of a human or national personality”. The novel is heavily influenced by Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, and attempts literary parallels to Welles’ techniques, including close-up, cross-cutting, deep focus, and flashback. Like Kane, the novel begins with the titular protagonist on his deathbed; the story of Cruz’s life is then filled in by flashbacks as the novel moves between past and present. Cruz is a former soldier of the Mexican Revolution who has become wealthy and powerful through “violence, blackmail, bribery, and brutal exploitation of the workers”. The novel explores the corrupting effects of power and criticizes the distortion of the revolutionaries’ original aims through “class domination, Americanization, financial corruption, and failure of land reform”.

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XFX: First Quarter 2013 Reading List

The selections for reading during the First Quarter of 2013 have been posted for the Experimental Fiction group (XFX). They are:

  • The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade
    — Rikki Ducornet (o1-16)
  • V — Thomas Pynchon (02-01)
  • The Death of Artimeo Cruz — Carlos Fuentes (02-16)
  • Parallel Stories: A Novel — Péter Nádas (03-01)
  • Titus Groan — Mervyn Peake (03-16)

Note that the Mervyn Peake selection is the first volume of the Gormenghast Trilogy. It is available in a single volume to facilitate subsequent reading of the remaining two volumes (Gormenghast, Titus Alone). A fourth volume, cobbled together from notes after the author’s death, was written by the author’s wife (no comment).

For more information on the Experimental Fiction group, the links are in the menu under ACTIVE.