Carlos Fuentes

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Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes Macías was born on November 11, 1928 in Panama City, Panama. He passed away at the age of 83 on May 15, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico

Carlos Fuentes was born to Rafael Fuentes, a Mexican diplomat, and Berta Macías. As the family moved for his father's career, Fuentes spent his childhood in various Latin American capital cities, he later described this experience as granting him the ability to view Latin America as a critical outsider. From 1934 to 1940, Fuentes' father was posted to the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., where Carlos attended English-language school, eventually becoming quite fluent. It was also during this time that he began to write, creating his own magazine, which he shared with the fellow apartments on his block.

Fuentes served as Mexico's ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977, resigning in protest of former President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz's appointment as ambassador to Spain. He also taught at Princeton, Columbia, Harvard and more.

His first marriage was to Rita Macedo in 1959, and he had one daughter with her Cecilia Fuentes Macedo, who survives to this day. The first marriage lasted until 1973. His second marriage to Silvia Lemus, began in 1976. He fathered two children with her: Carlos Fuentes Lemus and Natasha Fuentes Lemus, both of whom passed away.

One of Carlos Fuentes' quotes is "I'm a writer, not a genre."From his better known books "The Old Gringo" tells of a journalist that leaves behind his life in pursuit of a glorious death in the midst of the Mexican revolution. Another famous book "The Death of Artemio Cruz" is about Artemio Cruz on his deathbed recalling the shaping events of his life.

This is an author that I would read for fun, I think that he is a very talented writer, as you can tell from his many awards. His books interest me, I will definitely check them out in the future.


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