In light of the now late author’s demise on May 15, I thought it necessary to look at some of his better works.
A Mexican author, Fuentes imbued Mexican identity into his works, though I find his work more about time and love and the disturbed relationship between the two. My favourites of his are The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962) and Aura (1965).
Artemio Cruz parallels nicely with Roberto Bolano’s By Night in Chile (2000), mirroring the death bed confessional nicely and the state of delirium and distorted memory, though it is Aura that I loved that charts the sexual obsession with the youthful and beautiful that shares, again, the kind of surrealism of Bolano’s work. Burnt Water (1986) is also a collection of stories that is truly a great read.