Son of a diplomat, Carlos Fuentes was born in Panamá, but spent part of his childhood and youth travelling to the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, from Argentina, to Chile, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Switzerland, United States, returning to Mexico as a teenager.
He graduated from Law School of the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico and head to Switzerland, where he studied International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Later, he started his career in Geneva, in representation of Mexico in several international organizations and, in 1975, he was appointed Ambassador of Mexico in France.
As a writer and intellectual, his ideology has ever been tied to the Mexican social concerns and identity, which are constantly reflected in his writings, as part of his civic and political duties.
Besides writing, he devoted his life to teaching, which has earned him several award titles of Doctor honoris causa, tributes and honourable mentions all over the world.
Carlos Fuentes passed away in Mexico, in 2012.