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country of citizenship: Mexico, Panama
educated at: National Autonomous University of Mexico
occupation: writer, screenwriter, diplomat, novelist, lawyer, journalist, poet lawyer, prosaist
award received: Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, Prince of Asturias Literary Prize, Four Freedoms Award - Freedom of Speech, Rómulo Gallegos Prize, Xavier Villaurrutia Award, Miguel de Cervantes Prize, Menéndez Pelayo International Prize, National Prize for Arts and Sciences, Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, Grinzane Cavour Prize, Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor, Alfonso Reyes International Prize, Prix Formentor, Honorary doctor of the Free University of Berlin, honorary doctor of the University of Cambridge, honorary doctor of Harvard University, honorary doctorate of the Bordeaux Montaigne University, Premio Real Academia Española, honorary doctorate of the University of Vigo
position held: ambassador
Carlos Fuentes Macías (; Spanish: [ˈkaɾ.los ˈfwen.tes] (listen); November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012) was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962), Aura (1962), Terra Nostra (1975), The Old Gringo (1985) and Christopher Unborn (1987). In his obituary, The New York Times described Fuentes as "one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world" and an important influence on the Latin American Boom, the "explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and '70s", while The Guardian called him "Mexico's most celebrated novelist". 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.
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