Who is Carlos Fuentes? major works & biography

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Who is Carlos Fuentes?
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Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes, born on November 11, 1928, in Panama City and passed away on May 15, 2012, in Mexico City, was a multi-talented writer and diplomat. Through his storytelling, Fuentes skillfully depicted the intricate history of Mexico. Renowned in the Spanish-speaking world, he was highly regarded as a novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and diplomat. The New York Times, in his obituary, hailed him as “one of the most esteemed writers in the Spanish-speaking world,” while The Guardian referred to him as “Mexico’s most renowned novelist.”

Growing up in a diplomatic family, Fuentes spent his early years in various countries including Panama, Chile, Argentina, and the United States, eventually returning to Mexico at the age of 16. In Mexico, he pursued studies in high school, History and Geography of Mexico, and earned a degree in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1950, he embarked on a journey to Europe, where he pursued Economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and studied International Law at the University of Geneva. In 1954, Fuentes published The Masked Days, a compilation of six captivating short stories. Five years later, in 1958, he released his debut novel, The Most Transparent Region, followed by Las buenas conciencias in 1961. The year 1962 saw the publication of two of his most notable works, the novella Aura and La muerte de Artemio Cruz. Throughout the 1960s, Fuentes resided in Mexico as well as Paris, Venice, and London.

Fuentes represented Mexico as a delegate in numerous international organizations. In 1957, he assumed the role of head of cultural relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Later, he served as Mexico’s ambassador to France in 1975, but resigned two years later to express his dissent against Gustavo Díaz Ordaz’s appointment as ambassador to Spain. Fuentes received several accolades during his career, including the Rómulo Gallegos Award in 1977, the Cervantes Award in 1987, the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature in 1994, the Grand Official Award of the Order of the Legion of Honor of France in 2003, and the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic in 2009. Additionally, he taught at esteemed universities such as Cambridge, Brown, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Cornell.


The masked days (1954)
Singing of the blind (1964)
Bodies and offerings (anthology) (1972)
Chac Mool and other stories (anthology) (1973)
Burnt water (1983)
Two educations . (1991)
The orange tree (1994)
The crystal border (a novel in nine stories) (1995)
Restless company (2004)
All happy families (anthology) (2006)
Natural tales anthology) (2007)
Supernatural Tales (anthology) ( 2007)
Carolina Grau (2010)
Complete Stories (2013)
The Most Transparent Region (1958)
Good Consciences (1961)
Aura (1962)
The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962)
Skin Change (1967)
Sacred Zone (1967)
Birthday (1969)
Terra Nostra (1975)
The Head of the hydra (1978)
A distant family (1980)
Old Gringo (1985)
Cristóbal Nonato (1987)
Constancia and other novels for virgins (1990 )
The campaign (1990)
Dawn ceremonies (1991)
Diana or the lonely hunter (1995)
The years with Laura Díaz (1999)
Instinto de Inez (2001)
La Silla del Águila (2002)
Will and fortune (2008)
Adam in Eden (2009)
Vlad (2010)
Federico on his balcony (2012) (posthumous)
Essays :
The new Spanish-American novel (1969)
House with two doors (1970)
Mexican time (1971) Miguel de Cervantes or the criticism of reading (1976)
Brave new world (1990)
The buried mirror (1992)
Geography of the novel (1993) )
Three speeches for two villages 1993
New Mexican time(1995)
The five suns of Mexico: memory of a millennium (2000)
I believe in this (2002)
Against Bush (2004)
The 68 (2005)
The great Latin American novel (2011)
People (2012)
Don’t you hear the barking dogs? (1974)
Pedro Páramo (1967)
Los caifanes (1966)
“A pure soul” (1965) (episode of Los bienamados )
Time to die (1965) (in collaboration with Gabriel García Márquez)
The two Elenas (1964) The rooster of gold(1964) (in collaboration with Gabriel García Márquez and Roberto Gavaldón, based on a story by Juan Rulfo)
All cats are brown (1970)
The one-eyed man is king (1970).
The original kingdoms: Spanish-Mexican theater (1971)
Orchids in the light of the moon. Mexican comedy. (1982)
Ceremonies of the Dawn (1990)

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