Photo: Carlos Fuentes on AARP Viva
One of Mexico’s best known living writers is featured on the cover of AARP’s Viva magazine possessing all the wit and insight he is known for.
At 82 years old he doesn’t show any signs of wanting to retire noting to AARP that “retiring is the worst thing you can do for your mind.” “Then what? You ride around on a bicycle? You have to work until the very end.” Earlier this year he presented his most recent book ‘Destiny and Desire’ where he stoically reflects on the state of affairs in Mexico and its ever-present violence.
Behind Carlos Fuentes’ stoic exterior hides a man who, like the characters in his narratives, is multidimensional. In the spring issue of AARP Viva, Fuentes shares his views on life, love and the impact of his work.
On being a writer he comments “First comes love, for one’s wife, children, family and friends. Then comes what we do as writers. Without that life, I couldn’t have written those books; without those books, I wouldn’t have lived.”