Fall 1983 • Vol. V No. 4 Personally Speaking |

An Interview with Carlos Fuentes

History, civilizations, the complex cultural identity of Mexico have been the stuff from which Carlos Fuentes's more than fifteen books are made. The open adventure of his novelistic structures is indicative of the new language wrought by recent generations of Latin American writers, many of whom he has helped to get work seen beyond their own borders. A keen interpreter of politics, a sincere advocate of culture and thought, Fuentes is above all a man of conscience. Mexican ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977, he resigned his post in protest when former president Díaz Ordaz, responsible for the massacre of hundreds of students by police at Tlatelolco in 1968, was appointed ambassador to post-Franco Spain. Since then, Fuentes has settled with his family in Princeton, New Jersey, from where he has commuted as a guest lecturer to Columbia University in New York and to the University of Pennsylvania. At 55, he is full of projects both in Mexico and the United States; a new

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