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Mexican author Carlos Fuentes dies aged 83

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Mexican author Carlos Fuentes dies aged 83


One of Latin America’s most celebrated and widely read authors, Carlos Fuentes has died in Mexico at the age of 83.

His literary career spanned five decades and included the novel “The Old Gringo” which became the first US best-seller written by a Mexican national and was turned into a 1989 film staring Gregory Peck.

But Fuentes was more than just a writer of fiction he was also a fierce critic of governments. In the 1980s he lambasted the effects of US immigration policy on Mexican migrant workers in his novel “The Crystal Frontier”.

With more than 30 books to his name, most of which have been translated into two dozen languages, tributes have poured in from political and cultural leaders around the world.

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