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Carlos Fuentes, Mexican Novelist, Dies at 83 – NYTimes.com
…Mr. Fuentes was one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world, a catalyst, along with Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa and Julio Cortázar, of the explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and ’70s, known as El Boom. He wrote plays, short stories, political nonfiction and novels, many of them chronicles of tangled love…
…Mr. Fuentes received wide recognition in the United States in 1985 with his novel “The Old Gringo,” a convoluted tale about the American writer Ambrose Bierce, who disappeared during the Mexican Revolution. It was the first book by a Mexican novelist to become a best seller north of the border, and it was made into a 1989 film starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda…
…But it was mainly through his literature, Mr. Fuentes believed, that he could make his voice heard, and he did so prolifically and inventively, tracing the history of modern Mexico in layered stories that also explored universal themes of love, memory and death…
…“I think I became a writer because I heard those stories,” he said in 2006 in an interview with the Academy of Achievement, a nonprofit organization in Washington. His grandmothers fascinated him with their tales of bandits, revolution and reckless love. “They had the whole storehouse of the past in their heads and hearts,” Mr. Fuentes said. “So this was, for me, very fascinating, this relationship with my two grannies — the two authors of my books, really…”
Charros: The Traditional Mexican Cowboy
Charro in action (CC photo by Lamazone courtesy of Flickr)
Charro is the name for the traditional Mexican cowboy, or horseman, that originated in the Mexican state of Jalisco. While a Charro is commonly known as the horsemen wearing colorful and quite intricately decorated costumes, the term vaquero is more common throughout Mexico and into the United States.The Charro, however, is a very popular and romanticized figure in the Mexican culture.