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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 Asunci'n 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?

Publisher: Champaign [Ill.] : Dalkey Archive Press, 2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781564787798
Branch Call Number: FUENTES
Characteristics: 122 pages ; 19 cm.


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Sep 27, 2015

The notorious Romanian nobleman Vlad, Prince of Wallachia was better known as Vlad the Impaler (aka the Voivode of Wallachia), member of the House of Dracula and the inspiration for one of the most iconic figures in horror. Bram Stoker brought the legend to life in the late 1800s and Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes updated the story in the early 00s, making the historical Vlad an undead monster who ends up in modern day Mexico City. It's a slim novel that will appeal to fans of the original. Also check out "The Historian."

Sep 16, 2015

Spooky and gruesome and lewd; will have you "scream"ing with laughter at the tedious nature of the middle class. Just in time for Halloween!


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