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David Kipen remembers author Carlos Fuentes

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Mexican novelist, essayist and diplomat Carlos Fuentes has died. He was 83. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/Getty Images

Carlos Fuentes, one of Mexico's most beloved, prolific and influential authors, died yesterday at the age of 83. In his more than 50 years as a writer, he published more than 20 books, including "The Death of Artemio Cruz" and "The Old Gringo," as well as short story collections, essays and political commentary.

And he helped spawn the El Boom movement, which brought Latin American culture and identity to the forefront of international literature. David Kipen, book critic and founder of Libros Schmibros, discusses how Fuentes has inspired modern literature.

David shared some of his favorite works from Fuentes and other Mexican writers:

"The Death of Artemio Cruz," a Fuentes novel about modern Mexico.
"The Buried Mirror," an essay collection.
"Where the Air Is Clear," Fuentes's first novel.
"In Search of Klingsor," by Jorge Volpi.
Any of Paco Ignacio Taibo III's Hector Shayne detective novels, like "Some Clouds" or "Frontera Dreams".
Elena Poniatowska's "Massacre in Mexico," profiling the massacre of student protesters by police at the 1968 Olympic Games.


David Kipen, book critic and founder of Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights, near the Metro Gold Line stop.

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