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Fernando del Paso

Biography

Fernando del Paso was born in Mexico City in 1935. He studied biology and economics, and started studying medicine, though spent most of his early career in advertising as a copywriter. He has lived extensively in Europe, particularly London, where he worked for the BBC, and Paris, where he was the Mexican consul. In the 1990s, he became director of the Biblioteca Iberoamericana “Octavio Paz” in Guadalajara. He is not a prolific writer and the few novels he has written are long and complex (he claims they could be much longer). It is possibly because of this that he has not had the recognition he deserves. He is also a competent painter and has exhibited some of his paintings. He died in 2018.

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Bibliography

1958 Sonetos de lo diario (poetry)
1966 José Trigo (novel)
1977 Palinuro de México (Palinuro of Mexico) (novel)
1987 Noticias del Imperio (News from the Empire) (novel)
1988 De la A a la Z por un poeta (poetry)
1991 Douceur et passion de la cuisine mexicaine: 151 recettes et 46 menus (with Socorro del Paso – cookery)
1992 Palinuro en la escalera (drama)
1994 Memoria y olvido: vida de Juan José Arreola, 1920-1947 (biography)
1995 Linda 67: historia de un crimen (novel)
1997 Sonetos del amor y de lo diario (poetry)
1998 La muerte se va a Granada: poema dramático en dos actos y un gran final (drama)
1999 Cuentos disperses (stories)
2000 2000 caras de cara al 2000 (art)
2002 Encuentra en cada cara lo que tiene de rara (children’s)
2002 Ensayo y obra periodística (journalism)
2002 Castillos en el aire: fragmentos y anticipaciones (poetry)
2003 El espejismo de la comunicación global (essay)
2004 Viaje alrededor de El Quijote (literature)
2004 PoeMar (poetry)
2004 Ripios y adivinanzas del mar (children’s)
2005 Maricastaña y el angel (children’s)
2011 Bajo la sombra de la historia. Ensayos sobre el islam y el judaísmo. vol. I (essay)
2012 El va y ven de las Malvinas
2015 Amo y señor de mis palabras : artículos, discursos y otros textos sobre literatura