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Carlos Fuentes, 1928–2012

May 15, 2012 | by

“When your life is half over, I think you have to see the face of death in order to start writing seriously. There are people who see the end quickly, like Rimbaud. When you start seeing it, you feel you have to rescue these things. Death is the great Maecenas, Death is the great angel of writing. You must write because you are not going to live any more.”

—Carlos Fuentes, The Art of Fiction No. 68

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  1. Andreas Moser | May 16, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Unfortunately I could never warm to his literature: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/mexican-literature/ Maybe I shouldn’t have started with “Aura”. Does anyone have a better recommendation?

  2. james williams | May 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I love Christopher Unborn and The Old Gringo, these books saved my sanity and made my art whole for me. He is part of my life.

  3. Henrietta | May 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Well, I’m 48yrs this year, so I better get on with it.

  4. Rodger Jacobs | May 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    A perfectly fitting citation from Fuentes’s own pen. Thank you, Sadie.

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