Where, Carlos Fuentes asks, is a modern-day vampire to roost? Why not Mexico City, populated by ten million blood sausages (that is, people), and a police force who won’t mind a few disappearances?“Vlad” is Vlad the Impaler, of course, whose mythic cruelty was an inspiration for Bram Stoker’s... show more
Where, Carlos Fuentes asks, is a modern-day vampire to roost? Why not Mexico City, populated by ten million blood sausages (that is, people), and a police force who won’t mind a few disappearances?“Vlad” is Vlad the Impaler, of course, whose mythic cruelty was an inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In this sly sequel, Vlad really is undead: dispossessed after centuries of mayhem by Eastern European wars and rampant blood shortages. More than a postmodern riff on “the vampire craze,” Vlad is also an anatomy of the Mexican bourgeoisie, as well as our culture’s ways of dealing with death. For—as in Dracula—Vlad has need of both a lawyer and a real-estate agent in order to establish his new kingdom, and Yves Navarro and his wife Asunción fit the bill nicely. Having recently lost a son, might they not welcome the chance to see their remaining child live forever? More importantly, are the pleasures of middle-class life enough to keep one from joining the legions of the damned?
Publish date: July 18th 2012
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Pages no: 122
Edition language: English
More like 3.75 stars...glittery little fangs to pierce you with, my dear. Review at source. ETA correct source...sheesh...Goodreads not LibraryThing since almost all y'all are GR members.
Ok... ugh, ick. This is way too creepy & gross for me. Am stopping.... This small novella obviously packs a punch & I made it only halfway through.
The first Carlos Fuentes novella I have read. A very inventive re-imagining of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The language wasn't as rich and descriptive as I have come to expect from Spanish authors, but it might be the translator.The plot seemed a tad bit rushed to me. And the conclusion at the end didn't...
Dracula will never be the same for me. I've been reading Fuentes since the late 80s, and I'm so sorry that there won't be any more to look forward to. But on the other hand, what an incredible body of work. This is not an afterthought book, or a gimme for the publisher. This is the real deal, and I ...