Sergio Pitol


Sergio Pitol Demeneghi (1933-2018) was a Mexican writer, translator, editor, and diplomat. His multifaceted literary work set him apart as one of the essential voices of contemporary Mexican letters and Spanish-language literature in general. He received his qualifications as a lawyer from UNAM, the Universidad Veracruzana, and the University of Bristol, and his legal expertise drew him to the promotion of human rights in Mexico. He has been recognized for his intellectual accomplishments in creative writing and as a cultural promoter, especially in the preservation and promotion of Mexican art and history on an international scale. After being a student in Rome, a translator in Beijing and Barcelona, a university professor in Xalapa and Bristol, and a diplomat, he worked as a foreign service officer starting in 1960, serving as the cultural advisor of the Mexican embassies in France, Hungary, Poland, and the Soviet Union. He also worked as director of Cultural Affairs of the Secretary of Foreign Relations, director of International Affairs of the National Institute of Fine Arts, and Mexican ambassador to Czechoslovakia. Among other awards and distinctions, he received the Cervantes Prize in 2005, marking his recognition as a writer who, through his body of work, has contributed to the enrichment and legacy of Spanish-language literature.


  • Sergio Pitol
    On July 24, I was informed that an international jury had awarded me the Juan Rulfo Prize for Latin American and Caribbean Literature. It would be difficult for me to express the emotion of that momen...
  • Sergio Pitol, Margo Glantz, Carlos Monsiváis
    I know my name is Victorio. I know people think I’m mad (a fiction that at times infuriates me; and others merely amuses me). I know I'm different from the others, but my father, my sister, my cousin...
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    I was invited to attend a biennale of writers in Mérida, Venezuela, where each of the participants was to explain his own concept of an ars poetica. I lived in terror for weeks. What did I ha...
  • Sergio Pitol
    When she opened her handbag in search of her creams, the blue silk pajamas that her sister Beatriz had bought for her in India and that were so comfortable, her slippers, and a bottle of sleeping pill...