Tovar, Juan 1941-

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TOVAR, Juan 1941-

PERSONAL:

Born October 23, 1941, in Puebla, Mexico. Education: Educated in Mexico City, Mexico.

ADDRESSES:

Agent—c/o Author Mail, McPherson and Co., P.O. Box 1126, Kingston, NY 12402.

CAREER:

Writer, translator, and literary critic. Originally worked as a chemical engineer.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Award from La Palabra y el Hombre (journal), for Los misterios del reino.

WRITINGS:

Hombre en la oscuridad (short stories; title means "Man in the Darkness"), Universidad Veracruzana (Jalapa Enríquez, Veracruz, Mexico), 1965.

Los misterios del reino (short stories; title means "The Mysteries of the Realm"), Universidad Veracruzana (Jalapa Enríquez, Veracruz, Mexico), 1966.

El mar bajo la tierra (novel; title means "The Sea under the Land"), J. Moritz (Mexico City, Mexico), 1967.

Diez cuentos mexicanos contemporáneos (title means "Ten Contemporary Mexican Stories"), edited by Joffre de la Fontaine, Universidad Veracruzana (Jalapa Enríquez, Veracruz, Mexico), 1967.

La muchacha en el balcón o la presencia del coronel retirado (novel; title means "The Girl on the Balcony; or, The Presence of the Retired Colonel"), J. Moritz (Mexico City, Mexico), 1970.

Coloquio de la rueda su centro (one-act play; title means "Discussion of the Wheel and Its Center"), Ediciones Sierra Madre (Monterrey, Mexico), 1970.

Quince obras presentadas por Emilio Carballido, Navaro (Mexico City, Mexico), 1973.

El lugar del corazón (anthology), M. Mortiz (Mexico City, Mexico), 1974.

La madrugada (title means "The Dawn"), Editorial Latitudes (Mexico City, Mexico), 1979.

La madrugada; El destierro; Las adoraciones, Dirección de Difusión Cultural (Mexico City, Mexico), 1981.

Criatura de un dí (novel), Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Puebla, Mexico), 1984, translation by Leland H. Chambers published as Creature of a Day, McPherson and Co. (Kingston, NY), 2002.

Manuscrito encontrado en Zaragoza y El monje, Joan Boldó i Climent: Fundación Enrique Gutman (Mexico City, Mexico), 1986.

The Crossroads (play; originally written in Spanish), translated by Joe Martin and Iona Weissberg, produced in New York, NY, 1994.

Lo que tengas de mí, J. Mortiz (Mexico City, Mexico), 1995.

Huaxilán y Las adoraciones, El Milagro (Mexico City, Mexico), 1997.

Las adoraciones: Tragedia de don Carlos, cacique de Tezcoco; Versión definitva, El Milagro (Mexico City, Mexico), 2001.

Coauthor of film script Pueblo fantasma, based on his short story "Final feliz"; author of libretto for Aura: Ópera en uno acto, book by Mario Lavista; Work represented in anthologies, including Narrativa joven de hoy, Siglo XXI Editores (Mexico City, Mexico), 1969; Narrativa mexicana de hoy, Alianza Editorial (Madrid, Spain), 1969; and Narrativa hispanoamericana 1816-1981, Siglo XXI Editores, 1985. Contributor to periodicals, including Revista de Bellas Artes, Tramoya, Ovaciones, El cuento, El día, Cases de las Américas, and Siempre!

ADAPTATIONS:

Tovar's libretto, Aura: Ópera en uno acto, was recorded, with English translation, by INBA, 1989.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Back Stage, November 4, 1994, Irene Backalenick, review of The Crossroads, p. 36.

New York Times, October 29, 1994, Ben Brantley, review of The Crossroads.

Publishers Weekly, October 28, 2002, review of Creature of a Day, p. 52.

Times Literary Supplement, September 25, 1970, review of La muchacha en el balcón o la presencia del coronel retirado p. 1076.

ONLINE

McPherson and Co. Web site,http://www.mcphersonco.com/ (January 29, 2003), "Juan Tovar: Creature of a Day; A Novel."*