Apocalypse later: Living and writing in Mexico City
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Juan Villoro ( Mexico City, 1956). The Mexican writer Juan Villoro is one of the most prominent and distinguished Mexican writers covering literary genres like novel, chronicle, journalism, story and theatre. He has been awarded with the King of Spain International Journalism Award (Premio Internacional de Periodismo Rey de España) for his outstanding piece “La alfombra roja, el imperio del narcoterrorismo”.
His extensive literary work includes, among others, a story collection called La casa pierde which won the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize in 1999, Los culpables, winner of the 2008 French Antonin Artaud Prize. He has published several essay collections including Efectos personales which obtained the Mazatlán Prize in 2000 and De eso se trata written in 2007.
Villoro’s third novel, El Testigo, which talks about the life of the famous poet Ramón López Velarde, won the Premio Herralde award in 2004. He conducted the weekly La Jornada semanal and has also been a literature teacher in Mexico´s National University (UNAM), as well as in Yale, Princeton and Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra.
His most recent Works include the chronicles Dios es Redondo, the young novel El libro salvaje, and the novel Arrecife.
He is also the author of two theatre plays: “Muerte imparcial” and “El filósofo declara”.
He is a regular collaborator of the Mexico City based Reforma newspaper and the Periódico de Catalunya.