Yuri Herrera

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Yuri Herrera
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Yuri Herrera in 2015.
Born1970 (age 48–49)
Nationality Mexico
Alma materUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Occupationpolitical scientist, editor, and contemporary Mexican writer
AwardsPremio Otras Voces, Otros Ámbitos

Yuri Herrera (Actopan, Mexico, 1970) is a political scientist, editor, and contemporary Mexican writer.

His first novel to appear in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World (trans. Lisa Dillman, And Other Stories), was published to great critical acclaim in 2015 and included in many Best-of-Year lists, including The Guardian's Best Fiction and NBC News’s Ten Great Latino Books, going on to win the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. As of 2017, three of his novels have been translated in to English by And Other Stories.

He is currently teaching at the Tulane University, in New Orleans.

Biography[edit]

Yuri Herrera studied Political Science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, obtained a master's degree in Creative Writing at the University of Texas, El Paso and a Ph.D., 2009, in Hispanic Language and Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the editor of the literary magazine El perro and a Mellow Postdoctoral Fellow at Tulane University.

His first novel, Trabajos del reino, won the 2003 Premio Binacional de Novela Border of Words made Herrera into one of the most famous writers of Latin America. The novel was also published in Spain (Periférica, 2008) and won the Premio Otras Voces, Otros Ámbitos, being considered the best work of fiction published in Spain by a jury of 100 people, including editors, journalists and cultural critics.[1]

Elena Poniatowska characterised his prose as "stunning" and the novel as an entrance "to the golden gate of Mexican literature".[2] Gabriel Wolfson describes Herrera's work as "amazing, constructed from exchanging cultured language for popular talk, emphasizing the importance of names, and using the forcefulness of certain terms while wisely omitting others".[3]

His second novel, Señales que precederán al fin del mundo (2009; translated as Signs Preceding the End of the World by Lisa Dillman, And Other Stories, 2015), has led Herrera to being considered one of the most relevant young Mexican writers in the Spanish language. He has collaborated in magazines as Letras libres and El Comité 1973 among many others.

Style[edit]

Discussing the style Herrera uses in his texts, he declared: "I like to say that style isn't surface, style is a form of knowledge".[4]

Narrative[edit]

Working with space is one of the main characteristics of Herrera's work. Speaking about Kingdom Cons, he explained that Ciudad Juárez is the model he used for the space, however it's a version of Juárez modified for his convenience. Likewise, his novel Signs Preceding the End of the World makes no mention of any actual city, Herrera explains: "I wanted the novel not to be read only as a novel about Mexican migration, even though the scenery and setting resembles certain places of Mexico and the border between Mexico and the United States."[5]

Works[edit]

  • (2004)Kingdom Cons
  • (2009)Signs Preceding the End of the World
  • (2013)The Transmigration of Bodies
  • (2015) Signs Preceding the End of the World (translated by Lisa Dillman), And Other Stories, UK
  • (2016) The Transmigration of Bodies (translated by Lisa Dillman), And Other Stories, UK
  • (2017) Kingdom Cons (translated by Lisa Dillman), And Other Stories, UK

References[edit]

  1. ^ El País, December 21, 2009: Yuri Herrera, ganador del I Premio Otras voces, otros ámbitos
  2. ^ La Jornada, Elena Poniatowska, December 5, 2004. Trabajos del reino, libro del escritor Yuri Herrera
  3. ^ Revista Crítica, http://revistacritica.com/contenidos-impresos/vigilia/senales-que-precederan-al-fin-del-mundo-de-yuri-herrera, Gabriel Wolfson
  4. ^ Revista Clarin, http://go.galegroup.com.pbidi.unam.mx:8080/ps/i.do?v=2.1&u=unam1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA254679178&p=AONE&sw=w&authCount=1 Yuri Herrera: viajes hasta el final del mundo conocido Gonzales Veiguela, Lino
  5. ^ Revista Clarin, http://go.galegroup.com.pbidi.unam.mx:8080/ps/i.do?v=2.1&u=unam1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA254679178&p=AONE&sw=w&authCount=1 Yuri Herrera: viajes hasta el final del mundo conocido Gonzales Veiguela, Lino