Echevarría was a staff member of Spanish newspaper El País., until its editors removed him in 2004 for a vituperative review of El hijo del acordeonista by Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga. The novel had appeared in Alfaguara, a publishing house then owned by the same media group as the newspaper. His ousting prompted a letter of protest signed by writers, editors and regular contributors.
Echevarría has been mistakingly taken for the literary executor of Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño, but the Bolaño Estate has categorically denied this assertion ever been true.
In 2007, Echevarría was called "Spain's most prominent literary critic" in The New Yorker.
- "El 'de profundis' de Ignacio Echevarría". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 July 2010.
- Echevarría, Ignacio (4 September 2004). "Un elegia pastoral". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Carta al director de El País" (in Spanish).
- Harvesting Fragments From a Chilean Master
- Massot, Josep (19 December 2010). "La viuda del escritor, Carolina López: "Roberto Bolaño tuvo tiempo de disfrutar el reconocimiento"". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- Zalewski, Daniel (2007), "Vagabonds: Roberto Bolaño and his fractured masterpiece", The New Yorker, 26 March 2007: "When ‘The Savage Detectives’ was published, Ignacio Echevarría, Spain's most prominent literary critic, praised it as ‘the kind of novel that Borges could have written.’ "
- Ignacio Echevarría at Library of Congress (authority file)
- Ignacio Echevarría at WorldCat (publication list)
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