Mexican writer Fuentes taken ill in Geneva

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The Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes was taken to hospital on Thursday in Geneva where he was to give a lecture at a conference hosted by the United Nations, a UN official announced.

"Regrettably, Carlos Fuentes is unable to join us because he has been hospitalised," said Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the head of the United Nations office in Geneva. "We wish him a prompt recovery."

He gave no details about Fuentes' illness.

The 82-year-old author was to speak at a conference on intercultural dialogue and migration.

Fuentes was awarded the Cervantes Prize, Spanish literature's most prestigious prize, in 1987.

In a literary career spanning more than half a century, Fuentes has written dozens of novels and books of literary criticism, among them "The Death of Artenio Cruz" and "A Change of Skin".

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