Mexican author Carlos Fuentes dies, aged 83

Carlos Fuentes

November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012

The head of the Mexican National Council for Arts and Culture, Consuelo Saizar, announced yesterday that Carolos Fuentes had died, aged 83, in a private hospital in southern Mexico City from a massive haemorrhage.

Mexican author Carlos Fuentes was one of the best-known novelists and essayists in the Spanish-speaking world.

Among his most celebrated works are The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962), Aura (1962), The Old Gringo (1985), and Christopher Unborn (1987).

He greatly influenced contemporary Latin American literature, and his works have been translated into many languages.

With his father a diplomat he grew up in many cities. He became diplomat himself in 1965, serving in London and  Paris as Ambassador, and later teaching at US Universities, including Brown where he became Professor at large.

Fuentes published his first novel at the age of 30: Where the Air is Clear (La región más transparente) became a classic.


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