Fernando del Paso, winner of the international Prize “Alfonso Reyes”


Mexican writer Fernando del Paso is going to receive the international prize “Alfonso Reyes” in April 1th.

Fernando del Paso was born in Mexico City in 1935 and has written novels, essays, poetry and theatrer.  He is also a Diplomat.

Fernando del Paso was cultural counselor at the Embassy of Mexico in Paris from 1986 to 1989.  He was also Consul General of Mexico from 1989 to 1992.

One of his most famous novels “Noticias del imperio” (News of the Empire) was published in 1987 and it is considered as one of the best novels of Mexican literature.

Throughout his career Fernando del Paso has produced programs in Europe and he became a translator announcer for the BBC in London and on Radio France International.

Fernando del Paso has received various awards, including the National Prize for Arts and Letters (1991) and the FIL Prize for Literature (2007).

Since 1992 he is director of the Library Iberoamericana “Octavio Paz”, of the University of Guadalajara.

Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, President of Conaculta (National Council for Culture and the arts of Mexico)  said and remembered when he first met Fernando del Paso in Paris in 1985:

“I was captivated by Fernando’s conversation: a difficult combination to find between humor, culture, depth and warmth,” said Tovar and Teresa.

The International Prize “Alfonso Reyes” was created in 1972, in honor of the Mexican erudite Alfonso Reyes  (he was the most high cultured and erudite writer of Mexico at the beginning of the XX century) and it was awarded for the first time in 1973 to Jorge Luis Borges.

Octavio Paz, Alejo Carpentier , José Emilio Pacheco and Ernesto de la Peña are other previous winners of the international prize Alfonso Reyes.

Congratulations Fernando del Paso!

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