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Leading Latin American author hospitalised

The Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes has been rushed to hospital in Geneva, a top United Nations official said on Thursday.

Fuentes, 82, was in Geneva to due to take part in a conference on the subject of intercultural dialogue as part of the Geneva Lecture Series organised by the UN in Geneva and the UN Institute for Training and Research (Unitar).

Sergei Ordzhonikidze, director general of the UN office in Geneva, gave no further details of his state of health, but wished him a prompt recovery.

Fuentes is one of the best-known living novelists in the Spanish speaking world, and has greatly influenced Latin American literature.

His best known work is The Death of Artemio Cruz. His novel The Old Gringo, about the American writer Ambrose Bierce who disappeared during the Mexican Revolution of 1910, was made into a film – Old Gringo – starring Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda.

He has won several awards, including the Cervantes prize, which honours the lifetime achievement of an outstanding Spanish language writer.

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