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Pitol, Sergio (1933–)

Pitol, Sergio (1933–)

Sergio Pitol (b. 18 March 1933), Mexican writer. Born in Puebla, Pitol has published short stories and novels, beginning with the volume Victorio Ferri cuenta un cuento (Victorio Ferri Tells a Tale, 1958). His later works include a collection of short stories that received the Premio Xavier Villaurrutía in 1981, Nocturno de Bujara (Bujara Nocturne, 1981), and a trilogy of novels: El desfile del amor (Love's Parade, 1984), Domar a la divina garza (To Tame the Heavenly Heron, 1988), and La vida conyugal (Married Life, 1991). His narrative work is associated with the cosmopolitan writings of Inés Arredondo, Juan García Ponce, Juan Vicente Melo, and José de la Colina, authors who contributed to the Revista Mexicana de Literatura in the late 1950s and early 1960s and revealed the influence of such foreign writers as Henry James, Thomas Mann, Cesare Pavese, Maurice Blanchot, Georges Bataille, and Pierre Klossowski. Pitol has also held diplomatic positions in Rome, Peking, and, most important, in Warsaw. He has translated into Spanish numerous critical and creative works, especially contemporary Polish literature.

His recent works include El arte de la fuga (1996), Pasión por la trama (1998), El viaje (2000), Todo está en todas las cosas (2000). His subsequent work is El mago de Viena (2005).

In 1999 he was awarded the Premio Juan Rulfo and in 2005 the Cervantes Prize.

See alsoLiterature: Spanish America .


Texto crítico 7, no. 21 (1981), a special issue in honor of Sergio Pitol.

Russell M. Cluff, Siete acercamientos al relato mexicano actual (1987), pp. 99-147.

Additional Bibliography

Aguilera Garramuno, Marco Tulio. Los escritores y la creación en Hispanoamérica. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, 2004.

Balza, José. Sergio Pitol, los territorios del viajero. México: Ediciones era, 2004.

Castro, Maricruz. Ficción, narración y polifonía: El universo narrativo de Sergio Pitol. México: Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, 2000.

                                       Danny J. Anderson

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