Carlos is very famous!
Carlos Fuentes didn’t mince words when discussing Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto. (Video Capture: BBC Mundo, via YouTube)
Influential Mexican intellectual Carlos Fuentes isn’t too fond of his country’s leading presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto.
Fuentes, a former ambassador to France, appeared irked during a recent interview with BBC Mundo when asked about Peña Nieto’s gaffe last week, in which he wrongly attributed Fuentes’s book La Silla del Águila (The Eagle’s Throne) to author Enrique Krauze.
Speaking at Guadalajara’s International Book Fair, a journalist asked Peña Nieto: “What three books have marked your personal and political life?”
“I’ve read lots of novels that I’ve liked but I don’t recall their titles” Peña Nieto responded. “One of the books is the Bible, I didn’t read all of it, but some parts were very important, especially during my adolescent years. […] There were many, such as Krauze’s The Eagle’s Throne …”
Fuentes, 83, addressed several issues regarding Mexico-U.S. relations, the war on drugs, and also his perspective on the 2012 Mexican elections. But he saved his harshest comments for the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s candidate.