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Carlos Fuentes, Mexican writer 1928 - 2012

He was a Mexican short-story writer, novelist, essayist, and political writer whose works are a mixture of social protest, realism, psychological insight, and fantasy.


Readers and critics both admired and despised Fuentes. Many critics cited his political views as a distraction to his literary talents; others wished he would focus only on writing fiction instead of exploring political commentary. However, his detractors did not prevent him from continually winning literary awards, including the Cervantes Prize for Literature in 1987.


Fuentes was born in Panama City to Mexican parents. His father was a diplomat, and he spent his childhood in various capital cities: Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Washington, Santiago, Quito, and Buenos Aires. As an adolescent he returned to Mexico, where he lived until 1965. He was married to film star Rita Macedo from 1959 until 1973, although he was a habitual philanderer and reportedly, his affairs—which he has claimed included film actresses such as Jeanne Moreau and Jean Seberg—brought her to despair. The couple ended their relationship amid scandal and Fuentes then married journalist and interviewer Silvia Lemus.


Following in the footsteps of his parents, he became a diplomat in 1965 and served in London, Paris (as ambassador), and other capitals. He also taught courses at Brown, Princeton, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Cambridge, and George Mason University. He was a teacher at Brown University. He was also a friend of the U.S. sociologist C. Wright Mills, to whom he dedicated his book The Death of Artemio Cruz.


Carlos Fuentes received the Four Freedoms Award for Freedom of Speech and Expression in 2006, in Middelburg, the Netherlands.


He wrote 24 novels, 15 essays, 5 theater plays and 2 screenplays. 22 books have been written about his work by several authors in the US alone.


Fuentes divided his time between homes in Mexico City and London, England. Carlos Fuentes died today, in Mexico City, at the age of 83.


His last Twitt was: there must be something beyond massacres and barbarism.


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