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Yucateca weaving in Merida, Mexico, by Lucy Nieto from Flickr

Carlos Fuentes is one of the Mexican writers featured in the Big Read anthology Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories. The son of a diplomat, Fuentes himself served a two-year term as the Mexican Ambassador to France, in addition to pursuing a career as a writer, editor, educator, and scholar. In this interview excerpt, Fuentes speaks on the value of reading.

We are assailed by a thousand sounds and images that distract us from ourselves, from our own thoughts. Reading is a way to come back into ourselves, into our soul, remember who we are, reflect on our lives, reflect on the world, reflect on other people. I think it essential for a culture, for a civilization to have readers.



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