Mexican novelist, essayist Carlos Fuentes dies

ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON
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FILE - Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes greets the audience during a conference of Peru's Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa in Mexico City, Thursday, March 3, 2011.In this Thursday, March 3, 2011.file photo, Mexican author Carlos Fuentes greets the audience during a conference of Peru's Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa in Mexico City. Fuentes, Mexico's most celebrated novelist and among Latin America's most prominent authors, died on May 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's cultural agency says prolific Mexican novelist and essayist Carlos Fuentes has died in a hospital in Mexico City. He was 83.

The National Council for the Arts and Culture confirms his death Tuesday.

Fuentes was Mexico's most celebrated novelist and played a dominant role in Latin America's literary boom by portraying a nation that had missed out on its revolution's ideals.

He wrote his first novel, "Where the Air is Clear," at age 29 and published an essay in the newspaper Reforma on Tuesday.

His generation of writers included Colombia's Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Peru's Mario Vargas Llosa, and they drew global attention to Latin American culture during a period when strongmen ruled much of the region. His death was lamented across Mexico, including by President Felipe Calderon.