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Carlos Fuentes


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Carlos Fuentes Macías (November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012) was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962), Aura (1962), The Old Gringo (1985) and Christopher Unborn (1987). In his obituary, the New York Times described him as "one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world" and an important influence on "El Boom", the "explosion of Latin ... more »

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  • ''By its very nature, the novel indicates that we are becoming. There is no final solution. There is no last word.''
    Carlos Fuentes (b. 1928), Mexican novelist, short-story writer. Guardian (London, Feb. 24, 1989).
  • ''I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.''
    Carlos Fuentes (b. 1928), Mexican novelist, short-story writer. quoted in International Herald Tribune (Paris, Nov. 5, 1991).
  • If the Soviet Union can give up the Brezhnev Doctrine for the Sinatra Doctrine, the United States can give up the James Monroe Doctrine for the Marilyn Monroe Doctrine: Let's all go to bed wearing the...
    Carlos Fuentes (b. 1928), Mexican novelist, short-story writer. quoted in Times (London, Feb. 23, 1990).
  • ''What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.''
    Carlos Fuentes (b. 1928), Mexican novelist, short-story writer. Time (London, June 16, 1986).
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