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May 15 (Reuters) – Mexican author Carlos Fuentes has died at the age of 83, President Felipe Calderon said on Tuesday via his Twitter account.

Fuentes was known for works including The Death of Artemio Cruz and The Old Gringo. (Reporting by Liz Diaz, writing by Krista Hughes; Editing by Anthony Boadle)

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Spanish philosopher Adolfo Sanchez Vazquez, a disciple of Ortega y Gasset, died on Friday at his home in Mexico City, he was 95.

Born in the southern city of Algeciras, Sanchez attended the Central University of Madrid, where the triumph of the Francoist forces in the conflict prompted Sanchez to leave Spain for Mexico, where he was to spend the rest of his life.

Much of Sanchez’s work as a thinker and writer was devoted to an effort to rescue Marxism from dogmatism and Stalinist orthodoxy.

Sanchez was a professor emeritus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the country’s preeminent institution of higher education, and held honorary doctorates from universities in Spain and his adoptive homeland.

Spain awarded him the Grand Cross of Alfonso X the Wise, while Mexico honored Sanchez with the National Prize for History, Social Science and Philosophy.

CREDIT: The Latin American Herald Tribune

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Octavio Paz is a Mexico City-born poet and an essayist. According to nobelprize.org, his poetic corpus is nourished by the belief that poetry constitutes “the secret religion of the modern age.” Eliot Weinberger has written that, for Paz, “the revolution of the word is the revolution of the world, and that both cannot exist without the revolution of the body: life as art, a return to the mythic lost unity of thought and body, man and nature, I and the other.”

Paz’s writing and service to Mexico has been an inspiration to other artists for decades. Read more of Paz’s biography at nobelprize.org and get to know arguably one of the most influential writers in Mexico’s history.

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This is an excellent review of Frida Kahlo’s personal journal. I am such a big fan of Frida and to see her actual words and doodles on a page is exciting. I really like how this blogger explains that Frida “went on to become a prolific artist not just in spite of, but because of, her pain.” Please take a few minutes to read this very insightful review.

Although I have a question: How do you think Frida would feel about her Journal being published to the world?

The Diary of Frida Kahlo ABRAMS, New York, 2005, $24.95 Hardcover (Original diary copyright 1995, Banco de Mexico, as trustee for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo museums) I adore Frida Kahlo. Her image adorns the walls of my home, the throw pillows on my sofa, and the back of my favorite denim jacket. I love the richness of detail in her artwork, but most of all, I love the woman who struggled with intense chronic pain most of her adult life but went on to become a prolific … Read More

via Smoky Talks Books

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