Carlos Fuentes
CARLOS FUENTES


Carlos Fuentes was born in 1928 in Panama City. The son of a Mexican diplomat, from a very early age he travelled and lived in The United States, Argentina and Chile. He obtained his law degree at the Universidad Nacional de Mexico, but pursued a career as both writer and diplomat. He was appointed Mexico’s ambassador to France in 1975-1977.

He has also been a prominent lecturer. Since 1987, he has lectured at Harvard University.


He is perhaps best known for his novels La Muerte de Artemio Cruz, Terra Nostra and his first novel La región más transparente.

In
La región más transparente, a host of characters populate an overcrowded, vast and fragmented Mexico City. The story line is held together by interrelated stories that are centred on the multiple cultures, communities, political and social alliances, and physical spaces which produce contemporary life in Mexico City. Ancient Mexico, with its pagan history, mythology and human sacrifice is contrasted with the neo-liberal ideas of progress and free market economy, promoted by the aspiring middle and upper classes.

The title of the book Where the Air is Clear, refers to a time when the valley of Mexico was free from contamination, before Lake Texcoco dried up and industrialisation introduced smog and sudden modernisation.

Fuentes’ published work spans stories, novels, screenplays and essays and most have been translated into English, among other languages

SELECTED STORIES

Cantar de ciegos, 1964.

Los dias enmascarados, 1954. Burnt Water, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1980.

SELECTED ESSAYS

Paris: La Revolución de Mayo, 1968.

La nueva novela hispanoamericana, 1969.

Casa con dos puertas, 1970.

Latin America: At War with the Past. Written in English. CBC Enterprises: Toronto, 1985.

Myself with Others. Written in English. Published by Andre Deutsch: London, 1988.

El espejo enterrado, 1992

SELECTED NOVELS

La región más transparente, 1958. Where the Air is Clear, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1960.

Las buenas conciencias, 1959. The Good Conscience, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1971.

La muerte de Artemio Cruz, 1962. The Death of Artemio Cruz, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1964.

Aura, 1962. Aura, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1962.

Cambio de piel, 1967. A Change of Skin, published by Cape: London, 1968.

Zona sagrada, 1967. Holy Place, in Triple Cross, published by Dutton: New York, 1972.

Cumpleaños, 1969.

Terra Nostra, 1975. Terra Nostra, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1976.

La cabeza de la hidra, 1978. The Hydra Head, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1978.

Una familia lejana, 1980. Distant Relations, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1982.

Gringo viejo, 1986. The Old Gringo, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1986.

Cristóbal nonato, 1987. Christopher Unborn, published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: New York, 1989.

El naranjo, 1993.

SELECTED SCRIPTS

El tuerto es rey, 1970.

Todos los gatos son pardos, 1970.