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Carlos Fuentes

Mexican writer dead

Carlos Fuentes, dead at 83

The Mexican man of letters passed away last week and the loss is felt all over the land south of the border. He wrote and wrote- starting at age 11 and continuing until he died. There were some 60 novels as well as plays, essays, and other journalism- a huge contribution to western culture.

The literary boom in the 60s

Fuentes was a key figure in the blossoming of Mexican writing in the 1960s. He was at home in both Latin America, New York, and Europe. Yet Mexico was clearly home- his early days were spent with his abuleas in Veracruz and Mazatlan. And when he spoke of Veracruz, he said it was “where I belong”.

An excellent obit for Carlos Fuentes is in the current edition of “The Economist“.

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