Federico Campbell

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Federico Campbell
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Born Federico Campbell Quiroz
(1941-07-01)1 July 1941
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Died 15 February 2014(2014-02-15) (aged 72)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Journalist, writer, essayist, translator, narrator
Years active 1971–2014
Children 1

Federico Campbell (July 1, 1941 – February 15, 2014) was a writer from northern Mexico. Campbell is known for the short story collection Tijuanenses (Tijuana: Stories on the Border).[1] In 2000 he won the Colima Prize for Fiction with his novel Transpeninsular. In 1995 he was awarded the J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship.[2] Campbell translated works by Harold Pinter, David Mamet, and Leonardo Sciascia, among others, into Spanish.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Campbell was the son of Carmen Quiroz, a teacher, and Federico Campbell, a telegraph operator whose ancestors migrated to Mexico from Virginia in the 1830s.[1] He has two sisters, Sarina and Silvia Campbell Quiroz, and one son, Federico Campbell Peña, who is also a writer and a journalist.


  • Pretexta (1979)
  • Todo lo de las focas (1982; All about Seals)
  • Tijuanenses (1989; Tijuana: Stories on the Border, 1995)
  • La memoria de Sciascia (1989; Sciascia's Memory)
  • La invención del poder (1994; The Invention of Power)
  • Post scriptum triste (1994)
  • Máscara negra (1995; Black Mask)
  • Transpeninsular (2000)
  • La clave Morse (2001; The Morse Code)
  • El imperio del adiós (2002; The Empire of Farewell).


  1. ^ a b LA Times, November 01, 2004, "His treasured Tijuana" by Reed Johnson
  2. ^ Guggenheim Fellowship

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