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Novelist Fuentes to speak, Oct. 18

Carlos Fuentes, one of the most eminent writers in the Spanish-speaking world, will present a lecture on Mexico's history at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in McCosh 10.

Fuentes' lecture, "A Panoramic View of the History of Mexico," will survey the country's history from Indian civilizations to the present day, addressing formative cultural and political events.

Fuentes' works include "Where the Air Is Clear," "The Death of Artemio Cruz," "A Change of Skin" and "Terra Nostra." Noted for innovative narrative techniques, Fuentes' novels situate his characters in historical moments, such as the Mexican Revolution, to explore universal themes including the formation of national character and personal identity. He has received many literary honors including the Cervantes Prize, considered the most prestigious award for Spanish-language literature.

In addition to his literary career, Fuentes has held posts in the Mexican government as director of international cultural relations and as ambassador to France. He also has taught at Princeton, Harvard and Brown universities and the University of Cambridge.

Fuentes' talk, which is designated as a Spencer Trask Lecture, is part of the University Public Lectures Series.

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