This acclaimed Mexican writer was born on Nov. 11, 1928 in Panama City, where his father worked in the diplomatic service. Fuentes is one of Latin America’s best-known contemporary writers.
His body of work, highlighted by the novels La muerte de Artemio Cruz, Terra Nostra and El naranjo, have had a great influence on other Spanish-language authors.
Fuentes, the recipient of the 1987 Cervantes Prize, has also served as a diplomat in London, Paris and other capitals around the world. Both La muerte de Artemio Cruz and his novella Aura have received widespread critical acclaim for their modern narrative style.
His most recent works include the essays En esto creo (2002) and Contra Bush (2004) and the novel Todas las familias felices (2006).