Carlos Fuentes Quotes

Carlos Fuentes Macías audio (November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012) was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962), Aura (1962), Terra Nostra (1975), The Old Gringo (1985) and Christopher Unborn (1987). In his obituary, The New York Times described Fuentes as "one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world" and an important influence on the Latin American Boom, the "explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and '70s", while The Guardian called him "Mexico's most celebrated novelist". His many literary honors include the Miguel de Cervantes Prize as well as Mexico's highest award, the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor. He was often named as a likely candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, though he never won.

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Carlos Fuentes


What's happened at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is one of the grossest violations of human rights under the Geneva Conventions that we have record of. It is simply monstrous.

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Diplomacy in a sense is the opposite of writing. You have to disperse yourself so much: the lady who comes in crying because she's had a fight with the secretary; exports and imports; students in trouble; thumbtacks for the embassy.

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Contrary to the macho culture of Mexico, both my grandmothers were very brave young widows. I was always very close to these hard-working, intelligent women.

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The possibility of being as free with the camera as we are with the pen is a fantastic prospect for the creative life of the 21st century.

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I use a lot of film images, analogies, and imagination.

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My system for staying young is to work a lot, to always have a project on the go.

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I am not interested in slice of life, what I want is a slice of the imagination.

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Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.

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The Mexicans descend from the Aztecs; the Peruvians descend from the Incas; the Argentineans descend from the boats.

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One puts off the biography like you put off death. To write an autobiography is to etch the words on your own gravestone.

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I started my own magazine with drawings, commentary, news, film reviews and drawings.

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I had the good fortune of having a happy, closely knit family.

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I must write the book out in my head now, before I sit down.

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There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it.

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I live through risk. Without risk there is no art. You should always be on the edge of a cliff about to fall down and break your neck.

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