RIP Carlos Fuentes

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  • 15 May 2012 at 6:29 pm #1255

    Rick Wallach
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    I read sadly of the death of the great Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes, 83 years old, in Mexico City today. He never quite achieved the enormous readership outside of his native Spanish that Gabriel Garcia Marquez did, but his Crystal Frontier was one of the most artful and moving indictments of the hypocrisy of US immigration policy ever penned – one wonders what he would have done with the figure of the repulsive Jan Brewer if she had been infecting the scene when he wrote the novel, comprised like Faulkner’s Go Down Moses of several interlinked short stories, in 1996. He was probably best known for Old Gringo, which was made into a so-so film starring Gregory Peck in 1989. For me, though, his finest work was Terra Nostra, a postmodernist farce/drama that ranks with Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude and Cortazar’s Hopscotch in the triumverate of the great Latin American experimental narratives of the 20th Century.

    Give ‘em hell, Carlos.


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    16 May 2012 at 7:56 am #1273

    cantona
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    Rick,

    I knew very little about Fuentes until your post prompted me to read up on him. Now I want to remedy this by reading him – the fiction and non-fiction.
    This obituary – http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/15/carlos-fuentes
    is especially interesting because it talks about some of Fuentes’ ideas on fiction – I especially liked his interpretation of ‘Agora’. I’m always interested in reading what writers have to say about writing – Hemingway, Roth, and Kundera are my particular favourites. Thinking about this made me wish that McCarthy would spend some time putting together a book of essays. I’d much rather that than screenplays for Ridley Scott.


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    29 May 2012 at 5:11 pm #1381

    Richard L.
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    OLD GRINGO worked better as a novel. Gregory Peck was miscast as an Ambrose Bierce from the get-go. I can’t help but like the movie, but it is not Carlos Fuentes.


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