Writing for NPR’s Book News round-up, Annalisa Quinn steers readers toward a recently released FBI file alleging that Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes was in fact a “communist writer” with a “long history of subversive connections.” In...Show More Summary
You may have seen a news report about a 170-page FBI dossier on acclaimed Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, who died in 2012. The dossier, put together over two decades, is here. The FBI started monitoring Fuentes because the writer wanted to travel to the United States and U.S. officials considered...
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Carlos Fuentes, the Mexican literary giant who died last year at 83, had hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide. Among them, it turns out, was the FBI.
The United States has a proud tradition of denying famous authors entry to the country, from Graham Greene (signing up for the Communist party for a couple of weeks in his teens was apparently sufficient to get him blackballed) to (to...Show More Summary
One year after Carlos Fuentes’s death, there is a surge in reissues of his work. Ruth Graham on the rise of poetry in wedding ceremonies and the difficulty of finding “a wedding poem of one’s own.” Manuscripts by Christina Rossetti, Oscar Wilde, and Sylvia Plath, which fetched world-record prices earlier this month. Show More Summary
The Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes is the subject of a small, literary boom on the anniversary of his death.
I’ve a fondness of a quote by Carlos Fuentes, “Writing is a struggle against silence.” There is always a story to be told and as an author it is difficult to not be thinking about that next tale that is struggling to escape. Writers are always writing, if not literally then conceptually, fighting against that silence. Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Carlos Fuentes' Adam in Eden -- the last novel he published in his lifetime, now forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press (though, in fact, apparently already available on Kindle). It also contains the great sentences: I am not your consommé Adam. I can only be your rib.
He deconstructed Mexico and “Mexico” for a world audience.
I hope Dalkey is on top of this one: Alfaguara is bringing out Carlos Fuentes' Federico en su balcón (see their publicity page). Never mind the blurb-praise from local favourites Sergio Ramírez and Juan Goytisolo -- this sounds pretty...Show More Summary
They'll only hand it over at a ceremony on 11 November, but they've announced that Mario Vargas Llosa is the winner of the inaugural Premio Internacional Carlos Fuentes -- a US$250,000 prize for a Spanish-language author. See also, for...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Carlos Fuentes' Aura. This has some great cinematic potential: narrated in the second person, I could see it filmed entirely from the main character's point of view (i.e. Show More Summary
Somehow I missed this when it came out. My review of Carlos Fuentes’ novella Vlad, not the best thing he ever wrote. The latest of his books to make its way into English translation is 2004?s Vlad, written when the author was well into his 70s. Show More Summary
New this week is Carlos Fuentes’ vampire tale set in Mexico City, Vlad. Also out are The Collective by Don Lee, Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann, Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer, and Evel Knievel Days by Pauls Toutonghi, who last year introduced us to six Egyptian writers as the world watched the [...]Show More Summary
Conaculta -- the Mexican National Council for Culture and the Arts -- has announced the endowment of a new prize in honor of the recently deceased Mexican great, the Premio Internacional Carlos Fuentes a la Creación Literaria en el Idioma...Show More Summary
And now, to list all the books I've read through 182 days of 2012: 203 Carlos Fuentes, La gran novela latinoamerica (non-fiction; Spanish; outstanding overview of Latin American literature over the past five centuries. Only quibble was...Show More Summary
Though the publishing business slows down on Fridays, interesting book news does not. Guernica has a previously unpublished interview with Carlos Fuentes, who died May 15 at age 83, conducted in 2008. "I am a writer," he says. "I spend...
EXCLUSIVE: Chatrone LLC has optioned both film and television rights to the Mexican novel, Death Of Artemio Cruz by the late Carlos Fuentes. Chatrone partners Carina Schulze and Aaron D. Berger will developing for both feature and TV treatments. Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Carlos Fuentes' Vlad, forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press.