Fernando del Paso
Del Paso was born in Mexico City and took two years in economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He lived in London for 14 years, where he worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation and in France, where he worked for Radio France Internationale and briefly served as general consul of Mexico.
He has been a member of Colegio Nacional de México since 1996 and has won several international awards, including the Premio Internacional Alfonso Reyes (2013), the FIL Literature Prize (2007 Guadalajara International Book Fair), the Rómulo Gallegos Prize (1982), the Best Novel Published in France Award (1985) for Palinurus of Mexico, the Xavier Villaurrutia Award (1966) and the Mexico Novel Award (1976).
Noticias del Imperio (1986) is an important contribution to the Latin American new historical novel. The novel, based upon the lives of Maximilian and Carlota and French Intervention in Mexico, is called by the author a "historiographic" novel. This encyclopedic novel is remarkable in that, instead of trying to discover the "truth" about "what really happened," the author presents a number of possible versions of important and controversial events.
- Palinuro de México (1976; translated as Palinuro of Mexico, 1989)
- José Trigo (novel, 1966)
- Sonetos del amor y de lo diario (poetry, 1958)
- Noticias del Imperio (novel, 1986; translated as News from the Empire, 2009)
- Linda 67: Historia de un crimen (novel, 1995)
- Douceur & passion cuisine mexicaine (París, 1991).
Library and Media Center
On May 14, 2007 the Universidad de Guadalajara (State University) paid homage to Fernando del Paso by naming the library and media center in Ocotlán, Jalisco the "Biblioteca Fernando del Paso". This library is the largest in the western region of Mexico with a collection of 120,000 volumes and a capacity for 800 simultaneous users.
- "Mexican Writer Fernando del Paso Wins Alfonso Reyes Prize". Latin American Herald Tribune. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
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