Carlos Fuentes R.I.P

  • Carlos Fuentes

    The Art of Fiction Paris Review on Carlos Fuentes

    Yes. I suppose I started to write Terra Nostra in that Catholic school in Mexico City. St. John Chrysostom says that purely spiritual love between a man and a woman should be condemned because their appetites grow so much and lust accumulates. This is an essential point in Terra Nostra, where people can never meet in the flesh and have others do the actual fornication for them. I learned a lot in Catholic school.

    Carlos Fuentes passed away – he was 83

    The elegant, mustachioed author’s other contemporary classics included “Aura,” “Terra Nostra,” and “The Good Conscience.” Many American readers know him for “The Old Gringo,” a novel about San Francisco journalist Ambrose Bierce, who disappeared at the height of the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution. That book was later made into a film starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda.

    Carlos speaks On Drug War.

    Intelligent Life –his visit to a museum

    Nothing new here. Many aboriginal cultures, worldwide, were built by hand labour and despotic rulers garbed in myth. Yet Xalapa offers a great surprise. Next to the colossal heads and the sacred jaguars, there are human beings, and they are laughing.

    This, for me, is the most salient aspect of the Xalapa museum: all the power, all the divinity, all the ceremony, all the myths of state and religion, finally provoke laughter. The outright, irrepressible humanity of the little heads smiling, holding up their hands in amusement. Laughing, perhaps, at the pomp and circumstance of the world.