Mexican author Carlos Fuentes passes away at 83

AP Photo/Rick Maiman, File

Carlos Fuentes, a prominent Mexican intellectual and writer, passed away last Tuesday at the age of 83.  He authored a wide variety of works, including plays, short stories, political nonfiction, novels, and even an opera. He stood as a leading writer in the Latin American literary boom of the 1960s and 1970s. He was friends with many of the other well-known Latin American writers, including Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Several major news sources have posted obituaries, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the CS Monitor. The CS Monitor’s coverage is of particular interest, as the paper has posted a tribute from the Associated Press that is derived from interviews late in the author’s life. Photos from his wake at the Art Palace are posted online as well.

Some of his most acclaimed works are The Old Gringo, Where the Air is Clear, The Death of Artemio Cruz, and Terra Nostra. The library holds several of his works, both in Spanish and in English translation, as well as a variety of commentaries about Fuentes and his works.

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