Carlos Fuentes


The excelent crop of Latin American literature of the second half of the twentieth century can be summarized in a few names: the Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, the Argentine Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, the Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier, the Chilean Jose Donoso , the Mexican Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes … There are more writers worthy of inclusion in the roll of honor, of course, but could not miss any of the above. Carlos Fuentes, who died on May 15, 2012 at age 83 in Mexico City, his pulse was fashioned to put into it. Novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, professor at the finest American and European universities, Fuentes knew his work reflect the spirit of Mexico, forged in the mixing and network complexities that entails. But not just that, at all times, Fuentes was a champion of freedom, both in terms of imagination and creative talent that permeates his works, including in relation to social engagement.

The literary career of Carlos Fuentes started about sixty years ago, in 1954 with the publication of his first book, On masked, which already reflected his attention to national identity. Reflects a concern that would find later, to varying degrees and in different genres, adding titles to your bibliography highlights: La región más transparente (1959), Terra Nostra (1975), Cristóbal Nonato (1987), Gringo viejo (1985)  and, of course, La muerte de Artemio Cruz (1962), undoubtedly one of his most celebrated books and read.

Son of diplomats, diplomat himself, sources did not give up a political profile, associatedin their day to left currents. In all circumstances led to correction. And always made generous use of their knowledge, they also lavished on the public stage displaying a gift for oratory and expressive grace able to dazzle any audience.

Sources literary work, its social, its international, also his sympathy, made him a globally recognized figure and, of course, worthy of countless awards. To his credit include theNational Book Award in Mexico (1984), the Cervantes Prize (1987), the Prince ofAsturias Prize for Literature (1994) and the y el Rómulo Gallegos (1977) among many others. In only Nobel in Literature, for which candidate sounded like repeatedly escaped their grasp. But its merits, as you know many readers, spread across the world who mourn his death.

Diana Cerviño
Paula Zapata
Celia García
Antonio Crespo

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