LITERATURE: “FBI Treated Carlos Fuentes as Communist Subversive”

Carlos Fuentes, who died in 2012, was treated by US authorities as a communist sympathiserAcclaimed Mexican author and thinker had visas denied and was tracked when he did visit US, newly public files reveal.

Carlos Fuentes, who died in 2012, was denied visas in the 1960s because US authorities regarded him as a communistsubversive.

The FBI and US state department closely monitored the Mexican author Carlos Fuentes for more than two decades because he was considered a communist and a sympathiser of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, recently released documents show.

The documents posted on the FBI’s website show the US denied Fuentes an entry visa at least twice in the 1960s. In one of the memoranda Fuentes is described as “a leading Mexican communist writer” and a “well-known Mexican novelist with long history of subversive connections”.

Fuentes died in 2012 at age 83 after suffering an internal haemorrhage.

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