Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes dies at 83
Only a week after the unfortunate passing of author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, the literary world mourns the death of talented Mexican novelist, Carlos Fuentes, also at the age of 83. Throughout his life, Fuentes heavily influenced Latin American literature, and his work often gave insight into the living conditions, societal values, and history of Mexico and many other Latin American communities.
Along with authors like Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa, Fuentes was a renowned product of El Boom, an explosion of Latin American literature in 1960's and 70's. Fuentes' 1985 novel, The Old Gringo, was the first Mexican novel to become a bestseller in the United States. In 1989 it was adapted into a Hollywood film starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda.
Like the great writers of our time, Fuentes knew he had a voice worth hearing. Through his political activism, newspaper articles, and most of all, his timeless novels, Fuentes lives on, across all borders.