La Biblioteca pays tribute to Carlos Fuentes
Carlos Fuentes Macías (November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012) was one of Mexico’s most celebrated novelists and essayists. Among his works are Where the Air is Clear (1958) The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962), Aura (1962), The Old Gringo (1985) and The Eagle’s Throne (2003).
He had great influence on “El Boom”, the explosion of Latin American literature in the 60s and 70s. 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. His 1985 novel The Old Gringo (Gringo Viejo), loosely based on American journalist Ambrose Bierce’s disappearance during the Mexican Revolution, became the first US bestseller written by a Mexican author.
The novel tells the story of Harriet Winslow, a young American woman who travels to Mexico, who finds herself in the company of an aging American journalist (called only “the old gringo”) and Tomás Arroyo, a revolutionary general. Like many of Fuentes’ works, it explores the way in which revolutionary ideals become corrupted, as Arroyo chooses to pursue the deed to an estate where he once worked as a servant rather than follow the goals of the revolution. In 1989, the novel was adapted into a film, also called Old Gringo starring Gregory Peck, Jane Fonda and Jimmy Smits.
La Biblioteca de San Miguel de Allende makes a posthumous tribute to the work of writer Carlos Fuentes with displays of his books we have in our collection in both in Spanish and English translations.
The exhibitions will remain during the rest of May in rooms of the library. Come join in this tribute by reading books written by him.
Carlos Fuentes’ Books in exhibition at the Biblioteca
•The ritings of Carlos Fuentes
•The Eagle’s Throne
Also available in English and Spanish, Old Gringo and Where the air is clear