Carlos Fuentes: 5 best novels

Throughout his decades-long literary career, Carlos Fuentes produced more than 20 books. Here are five of his best.

4. Where the Air is Clear (1957)

His first novel written when Fuentes was just 29, “Where the Air is Clear” established Fuentes as a social critic and novelist and gave rise to the renaissance in Latin American literature known as the “Boom.” A stark portrait of inequality and moral corruption in modern Mexico, “Where the Air is Clear” was innovative for both its prose and for using Mexico City as its main setting. Upon publication, Fuentes’s debut novel became an instant classic.

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