“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. 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
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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