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
    El día 24 de julio se me informó que un jurado internacional me había adjudicado el Premio de Literatura Latinoamericana y del Caribe "Juan Rulfo". Difícilmente podría expresar la emoción de ese momen...
  • Sergio Pitol, Margo Glantz, Carlos Monsiváis
    Sé que me llamo Victorio. Sé que creen que estoy loco (versión cuya insensatez a veces me enfurece, otras tan sólo me divierte). Sé que soy diferente a los demás, pero también mi padre, mi hermana, mi...
  • Sergio Pitol
    Recibí una invitación para asistir a la Bienal de Narradores de Mérida, Venezuela, donde cada uno de los participantes debería exponer su propio concepto de ars poetica. Viví en el terror duran...
  • Sergio Pitol
    Al abrir el bolso de mano para buscar sus cremas, el pijama de seda azul que su hermana Beatriz le compró en la India y en cuyo interior tan a gusto se sentía, las pantuflas y el frasco de somníferos,...

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