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Juan Villoro

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Juan Villoro

Juan Villoro (b. 1956) has been a professor of literature at Mexico’s National University and a visiting professor at Yale, Princeton, and the Pompeu Fabra University at Barcelona. He has received the Herralde Prize for his novel El testigo (The Witness), the King of Spain Prize for journalism, and the Antonin Artaud Prize for his short-story collection Los culpables (The Guilty Ones). His play Filosofía de vida (Life’s Philosophy) has been performed in Buenos Aires. His novel for juvenile readers, El libro salvaje (The Wild Book), sold more than two million copies in Spanish and has been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, and English. He is a columnist for the newspapers Reforma and El Periódico de Catalunya.

Articles by Juan Villoro

Violence and Drug-Trafficking in Mexico
By Juan Villoro
In Mexico, people will pay up to $70,000 dollars for a license to hunt and kill a bighorn sheep. Killing a man is much cheaper.
Translated from Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa
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Holding Pattern
By Juan Villoro
“Villoro always cuts through genres with the precision of a scalpel.”—Javier Marías
Translated from Spanish by Lisa M. Dillman
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The Guilty
By Juan Villoro
The scissors lay on the table. They were unusually large. My father used to use them to cut up chickens. Ever since he died, Jorge takes them with him everywhere. Maybe it’s normal for a psychopath…
Translated from Spanish by Lisa M. Dillman
The House Loses
By Juan Villoro
Terrales was founded by improvident people, who found themselves without fuel in the mountains, and had no wish to return on foot to the desert suns. The sole meeting place (though it would be more precise…
Translated from Spanish by Amanda Hopkinson
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