Friday, November 11, 2022

Shelf Control: The Death of Artemio Cruz, by Carlos Fuentes

Shelf Control is a feature where bloggers pick an unread book from our shelves and talk  about it a little. It's supposed to be a Wednesday thing but I have French Movie Mercredi on Wednesdays already, so. Shelf Control is hosted at

 This week's pick is The Death of Artemio Cruz, by Carlos Fuentes.

 Back cover copy:

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...The Death of Artemio Cruz is a haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico.

How and when I got it:

I got it in 2017 from the Barnes & Noble in Union Square in Manhattan. 

Why I Want to Read It

I first heard of Carlos Fuentes when I read C├ęsar Aira's book The Literary Conference, which is about what happens when Aira's mad scientist narrator decides he wants to clone Fuentes. I kind of need to learn about the author who inspired Aira's story, and this book seemed like a good place to start, a "masterpiece" and I don't read a ton of Mexican literature. It sounds like my kind of thing anyway!

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