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Carlos Fuentes
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    (November 11, 1928-May 15, 2012)
    Born in Panama City, Panama
    Journalist, novelist and playwright
    Son of a Mexican diplomat
    Wrote ‘The Most Transparent Region’ (1958), ‘Aura’ (1961), ‘The Death of Artemio’ (1962), ‘Terra Nostra’ (1975), ‘The Old Gringo’ (1985), ‘The Crystal Frontier’ (1996) and ‘Destiny and Desire’ (2008)
    Won Four Freedoms Award for Freedom of Speech and Expression (2006)
    ‘Old Gringo’ made into a film with Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda (1989)
    His constant adultery drove his first wife to a nervous breakdown.
    He bragged (perhaps falsely) about his affairs with Jean Seberg and Jeanne Moreau.
    Many of his novels were about Latin American dictators.
    He dressed like a dandy.
    He claimed he never had writer’s block.
    He was forbidden entry to Puerto Rico by the United States because of his Communist beliefs.
    He had an expatriate childhood and lived in several world capitals.
    He was inspired to write by his grandmothers’ stories about Mexico.
    He was exiled to Paris after speaking against the brutal crackdown on Mexican student revolutionaries.
    He championed Mexican migrant workers in the US.
    He composed only with pen and paper, claiming words need nothing else.
    Author Mario Vargas Llosa called his work ‘an eloquent testimony to all of the big political problems and cultural realities of our times.’

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