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Vlad

Vlad - 12 edition

ISBN13: 978-1564787798

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ISBN13: 978-1564787798
ISBN10: 1564787796
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 12
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Published: 2012
International: No

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Vlad - 12 edition

ISBN13: 978-1564787798

Carlos Fuentes

ISBN13: 978-1564787798
ISBN10: 1564787796
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 12
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

Published: 2012
International: No
Summary

''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 Asuncion 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?

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