Juan Villoro

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Juan Villoro in Mexico city January 2009

Juan Villoro (Mexico City, 8 September 1956) is a Mexican writer and journalist. Son of philosopher Luis Villoro. He has been well known among intellectual circles in Mexico, Latin America and Spain for years, but his success among a wider readership has grown since receiving the Herralde Prize for his novel El testigo.

Biography[edit]

Juan Villoro received his bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Metropolitan Autonomous University, Iztapalapa campus[1]. He was also part of a short story workshop conducted by Guatemalan writer Augusto Monterroso. As a rock music fan, he was the DJ for the radio program "El lado oscuro de la luna" (the Spanish translation of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd) from 1977 until 1981[2]. He was then made the cultural attaché to Berlin in the then German Democratic Republic.

For three decades, Villoro has produced a steady output of articles for various Mexican periodicals, concentrating in such areas as sports, rock, cinema, literature and travel. Palmeras de la brisa rapida: un viaje a Yucatán ("Palm Trees of the Rapid Breeze: A Journey to Yucatan") 1989 is an account of his travels in a part of Mexico known for its Mayan culture[3]. His first novel was El disparo de argón ("The Shot of Argon"), published in 1991. Los once de la tribu ("The Eleven of the Tribe"), published in 1995, collects many of his best short, non-fiction essays and interviews[4]. The title refers to the number of people on an international football team. He covers a wide range of topics, including Andy Warhol, the Rolling Stones, the television series Dallas, the absurdities of publishing children's literature in the United States and an interview with Jane Fonda.

In 2011, Villoro appeared in the film production Guerrero 12, a feature-length documentary examining soccer fandom passion. The film is directed by Miguel A. Reina, who was also responsible for the Sundance film Un aliado en el tiempo.[5]

In 2018 he received Chile's Manuel Rojas Ibero-American Narrative Award.[6]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • El disparo de argón (1991)
  • Materia dispuesta (1997)
  • El testigo (2004)
  • Llamadas de Ámsterdam (2007)
  • Arrecife (2012)
  • La utilidad del deseo (2017)

Short stories[edit]

  • La noche navegable (1980)
  • La alcoba dormida (1992)
  • Albercas (1985)
  • La casa pierde (1999)
  • Los culpables (2007)
  • "Manuel Felguérez Obra Reciente 2002-2005" ("Orden suspendido" tale)(2005)
  • "Palmeras de la brisa rápida" (2009)
  • Forward: Kioto (2010)
  • Espejo Retrovisor (2013)

Books for kids[edit]

  • Las golosinas secretas (1985)
  • El profesor Zíper y la fabulosa guitarra eléctrica (1992)
  • Autopista sanguijuela (1998)
  • El té de tornillo del profesor Zíper (2000)
  • Cazadores de croquetas (2007)
  • El libro salvaje (2008)
  • El taxi de los peluches (2008)
  • La cuchara del señor Zíper (2015)

Others[edit]

  • Tiempo transcurrido (Crónicas imaginarias) (1986)
  • Palmeras de la brisa rápida: Un viaje a Yucatán (chronicle, 1989)
  • Los once de la tribu (football chronicles, 1995)
  • Efectos personales (essay, 2000)
  • Safari accidental (chronicle, 2005)
  • Dios es redondo (essays and chronicles on football, 2006)
  • Funerales preventivos: Fábulas y retratos (political essays, with drawings by Rogelio Naranjo, 2006)
  • De eso se trata (literary essays, 2008)
  • Manuel Felguérez el límite de una secuencia (1997)
  • La máquina desnuda (essay, 2009)
  • 8.8: Miedo en el espejo (chronicle,2010)
  • ¿Hay vida en la Tierra? (articles, 2012)
  • El Ojo en la Nuca (Stavans, ilan / Villoro, Juan, 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Figueroa, Adrian (2017). ""La vida tiene sentido gracias a que existen los libros, los discos, el teatro…": Juan Villoro". www.cronica.com.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  2. ^ "Radio Educación - El lado oscuro de la luna". www.e-radio.edu.mx. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  3. ^ "Villoro viaja en "Palmeras de la brisa rápida" a un Yucatán sentimental | Vanguardia". www.vanguardia.com.mx (in Spanish). 2016. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  4. ^ "Obra publicada - Enciclopedia de la Literatura en México - FLM - CONACULTA". www.elem.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  5. ^ Maganda, Miguel A. Reina Gómez (2011-06-17), Guerrero 12, Álvaro El Mago Romero, Mario Pichojos Pérez, Eduardo Velázquez, retrieved 2018-01-20
  6. ^ García, Javier (8 August 2018). "Juan Villoro, premio Manuel Rojas: 'Admiro su talante anarquista'" [Juan Villoro, Manuel Rojas Award Winner: 'I Admire His Anarchist Spirit']. La Tercera (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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