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OAS Secretary General Mourns Death of Mexican Author Carlos Fuentes

  May 15, 2012

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, was deeply saddened by the death of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, one of the most important writers of Mexico, Latin America and the world. “One of the most complete Latin American authors and a great critic of social injustice has disappeared, who whose work reflected not just his great literary value, but also his deep consciousness of the painful reality experienced by the people of Latin America,” he said.

Insulza praised the greatness of Fuentes’ work, and highlighted that “a man who was applauded throughout world literature, who could have easily lived separated from the real problems of the people, was never indifferent to the impact that poverty, inequality, and the violence of drug trafficking have on Mexican and Latin American society.”

The OAS Secretary General said, in conclusion, “I can only regret that he did not receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, which would have justly crowned the life’s work of this great author.”

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Reference: E-172/12