Carlos Fuentes





Carlos Fuentes

Author profile


born
in Panama City, Panama
November 11, 1928

died
May 15, 2012

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

Carlos Fuentes Macías was a Mexican writer and one of the best-known novelists and essayists of the 20th century in the Spanish-speaking world. Fuentes influenced contemporary Latin American literature, and his works have been widely translated into English and other languages.

Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama; his parents were Mexican. Due to his father being a diplomat, during his childhood he lived in Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Washington, Santiago and Buenos Aires. In his adolescence, he returned to Mexico, where he lived until 1965. He was married to film star Rita Macedo from 1959 till 1973, although he was an habitual philanderer and allegedly, his affairs -- which he has claimed include film actresses such as Jeanne Moreau an
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More books by Carlos Fuentes…
“I need, therefore I imagine.”
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“Don't classify me, read me. I'm a writer, not a genre.”
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“You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die.”
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