NYT: Deborah Solomon interviews Carlos Fuentes.
At 77, do you think much about age and mortality?
I don't think about it at all. What will come will come. I have two children who died before reaching 30, so who am I to complain about being alive?
You've had more than your share of sorrows.
Most of all not having my son around. I was very proud of him. He was a very good painter. He had hemophilia. He died six years ago. Natasha, my daughter, just died last summer.
How do you get up in the morning after that kind of loss?
You go on. You go on. You bring the person you love inside you. That is how you cope. You make him or her live within you. The whole experience I had with my children is in me. It is nowhere else I can see. I can see a photograph, I can feel sad, I can read a poem, but the experience of having them within myself is what matters.