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Born in November 11, 1928 / Died in May 15, 2012 / Mexico / Spanish

Quotes by Carlos Fuentes

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.
The new world economic order is not an exercise in philanthropy, but in enlightened self-interest for everyone concerned.
I started my own magazine with drawings, commentary, news, film reviews and drawings.
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.
Literature overtakes history, for literature gives you more than one life. It expands experience and opens new opportunities to readers.
I must write the book out in my head now, before I sit down.
I like fighting. I get into rows all the time.
I have no literary fears.
I am a literary animal. For me, everything ends in literature.
The historical problem of the United States is to admit that it is a multiracial and multi-ethnic nation.
I'm a writer, not a genre.
The real bombs are my books, not me.
I am not interested in slice of life, what I want is a slice of the imagination.
Writing requires the concentration of the writer, demands that nothing else be done except that.
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
Don't classify me, read me.
The United States is very good at understanding itself, and very bad at understanding others.
The United States has written the white history of the United States. It now needs to write the black, Latino, Indian, Asian and Caribbean history of the United States.
The United States condoned dictatorships in Latin America for much of the 20th century.
Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror.
I always felt a little worm inside me: 'Now you need to write a novel with a woman protagonist.'
I love having critics for breakfast.
Like all of Latin America, Mexico after independence in 1821 turned its back on a triple heritage: on the Spanish heritage, because we were newly liberated colonies, and on our Indian and black heritages, because we considered them backward and barbaric. We looked towards France, England and the U.S., to become progressive democratic republics.
I've lost audiences, I've recovered them.
There are now 30-year-old Mexican writers who do great novels in which Mexico isn't even mentioned.