Carlos Fuentes was a Mexican short story writer born in 1928. Carlos Fuentes was awarded more than 15 with various international titles. His stories were based on psychological insight, realism and social protest. Here are some facts about Carlos Fuentes.
Carlos Fuentes Early Life
- He was born on November 11, 1928, in Panama. His father was a diplomat at the Mexican Embassy.
- In his childhood, he lived in capitals of America such as Uruguay, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Quito, Washingtong DC.
- While he attended his school where his father was posted, he spent his summer back in Mexico where studied language and history of the country.
- He wrote his first story at the age of 11 and participated in many literary contests as a school child.
- He finally returned to Mexico at the age of 16, and he began as a journalist in high school by collaborating with the magazine “Hoy”. He obtained the first place of the literary contest of the Colegio Morelos French (today University Center Mexico).
Carlos Fuentes Career
- He graduated in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and in Economics from the Institute of International Higher Studies in Geneva.
- He served as delegate of Mexico in numerous international organizations and, from 1972 to 1976, as ambassador in France.
- Most of his novels were based on socio-political themes, however, his first novel, “Aura”, was far from that. The novel was based on magic realism.
- He studied two degrees and his work as a delegate of Mexico in various international organizations.
- Politically, his figure was controversial. He was criticized for his support of right-wing leaders while keeping opinions in favor of left-wing leaders as well.
- He was quite close to President Luis Echeverrí, that also led to a controversy centering around him involving the massacre of June 10, 1971.
- He wrote more than 20 novels, an opera, five plays, nine storybooks and multiple essays on politics, culture, literature and society.
- Fuentes was very much interested in , the intellectual world and literature.
- During his tenure as ambassador of Mexico in France, took steps for the protection of both Latin American politicians and members of the Spanish resistance in 1975.
More Facts About Carlos Fuentes
- He has been honored in multiple events and by various characters such as Angeles Mastreta, Angel Palou , Xavier Velasco, Jorge Volpi, Gonzalo Celorio, Francois Hollande and, Rosa Beltran.
- Carlos Fuentes was a huge movie buff. He has written the screenplay for the movies “El Gallo de Oro” (1964) and “Tiempo de morir” (1966). He wrote the screen play for “Tiempo de morir” along with Gabriele Garcia Marquez.
- His novel “Aura” was adapted to a movie in 1966.
- He was a critic of “American Way of Life.”