Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes dies at 83

By REUTERS
May 16, 2012 04:05

 
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MEXICO CITY - Carlos Fuentes, one of Latin America's best-known authors and a sharp critic of governments in Mexico and the United States, died on Tuesday after a literary career spanning more than five decades. He was 83.

Fuentes wrote more than 20 novels and several collections of short stories. His most famous novels include "The Death of Artemio Cruz," "The Old Gringo" and "The Crystal Frontier."

"The Old Gringo" was the first US bestseller by a Mexican author and was made into a 1989 movie starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda.

Dividing his time mainly between Mexico City and London, Fuentes dovetailed literature and social and political commentary. He remained active and energetic to the end, and was working on a new book.

Along with compatriot Octavio Paz, Colombia's Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Peru's Mario Vargas Llosa, Fuentes brought Latin American literature to a global audience in the second half of the 20th century. His work was translated into two dozen languages.

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