Carlos Fuentes

1928 - 2012

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Carlos Fuentes Macías (; Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos ˈfwentes] ; 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". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carlos Fuentes has received more than 790,841 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Carlos Fuentes is the 691st most popular writer (up from 696th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Panama and the most popular Panamanian Writer.

Carlos Fuentes is most famous for his novels, including the Death of Artemio Cruz and Terra Nostra.

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  • 790k

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  • 64.38

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  • 67

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  • 5.04

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Notable Works

Christopher unborn
Evokes the future of Mexico City, a place that, in 1992, suffers from extreme pollution and poverty and whose leaders sponsor a bizarre contest to placate the restless populace
Carlos Fuentes
Gringo viejo
"The Old Gringo tells the story of Ambrose Bierce, the American author, soldier, and journalist, and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa's soldiers - particularly his encounter with one of Villa's generals, Tomas Arroyo, as well as with a spirited young American woman named Harriet Winslow. In the end, the incompatibility between Mexico and the United States (or paradoxically, their intimacy) claims both Bierce and Arroyo, in a novel that is, most of all, about the tragic history of these two cultures in conflict."--Publisher description.
Todas las familias felices
Terra nostra

Page views of Carlos Fuentes by language

Over the past year Carlos Fuentes has had the most page views in the with 247,461 views, followed by English (80,180), and French (13,336). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Indonesian (724.29%), Ido (112.47%), and Piedmontese (100.29%)


Among writers, Carlos Fuentes ranks 691 out of 7,302Before him are Claudian, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Kang Youwei, Jean Froissart, Truman Capote, and Bettina von Arnim. After him are Francesca da Rimini, Sri Chinmoy, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Multatuli, Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur, and Naim Frashëri.

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Among people born in 1928, Carlos Fuentes ranks 44Before him are George Peppard, Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Manfred Gerlach, Vera Rubin, Federico Bahamontes, and Herbert Kroemer. After him are Francesco Cossiga, Tommaso Buscetta, Maya Angelou, Reynaldo Bignone, Alfonso de Portago, and Eugene Merle Shoemaker. Among people deceased in 2012, Carlos Fuentes ranks 25Before him are Roger Garaudy, Carroll Shelby, Ernest Borgnine, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, and Matilde Camus. After him are Antoni Tàpies, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Sven Hassel, Jean Giraud, John Demjanjuk, and Antonio Tabucchi.

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In Panama

Among people born in Panama, Carlos Fuentes ranks 3 out of 71Before him are John McCain (1936), and Manuel Noriega (1934). After him are Omar Torrijos (1929), Roberto Durán (1951), Edward A. Murphy Jr. (1918), Rubén Blades (1948), Miguel Bosé (1956), Laurentino Cortizo (1953), Billy Cobham (1944), Diego de Almagro II (1520), and Mireya Moscoso (1946).

Among WRITERS In Panama

Among writers born in Panama, Carlos Fuentes ranks 1After him are Rosa María Britton (1936).