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Funeral Blues: Remembering Carlos Fuentes

Post by: Kabita Sonowal













The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

By WH Auden (1921 – 1973)

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes was synonymous with his widely acclaimed writings such as The Death of Artemio Cruz, Aura, The Old Gringo, and Christopher Unborn. Born in Panama City, he traveled and lived in Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Washington, Santiago, Quito, and Buenos Aires. His father was a diplomat. All the extensive travel with his parents enabled an impressionable Fuentes to view Mexico from a unique perspective and it was well-reflected in his writings.


Carlos Fuentes was a diplomat by profession and he worked as an ambassador to France and the U.K. He also taught at several universities. His works have been translated into several languages. The literary universe will miss him.


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