Mexican author Carlos Fuentes dead at 83
The Mexican writer who received international acclaim for “The Death of Artemio Cruz,” a novel about a post-revolutionary Mexico, has died in Mexico City.
His other classics included “Aura,” ”Terra Nostra” and “The Good Conscience.” Many American readers know him for “The Old Gringo,” a novel about San Francisco journalist Ambrose Bierce, who disappeared at the height of the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution. That book was later made into a 1989 film starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda.
Fuentes was a contemporary of other Latin American authors like Colombia’s Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa who together drew global readership and attention to their culture during a period when strongmen ruled much of the region.
Mexican writer Hector Aguilar Camin said on his Twitter account: “One of a kind. An era, his own genre. A writer for all seasons. To Silvia, all my affection.”
Fuentes himself ventured into Twitter only one day, March 19, 2011.
His last message there read: “There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it.”
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Posted on May 15, 2012, in Art, Arts, Books, creativity, film, News, Obits, Opinion, quote, Twitter, Word from Bill, World News and tagged Ambrose Bierce, Death of Artemio Cruz, Gabriel García Márquez, Good Conscience, Mario Vargas Llosa, Mexico, Old Gringo, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Mexican author Carlos Fuentes dead at 83.