Salvador Elizondo

Salvador Elizondo Alcalde (Mexico City, December 19, 1932 - March 29, 2006) was a Mexican writer of the 60s Generation of Mexican literature.

Salvador Elizondo
Salvador Elizondo
Born(1932-12-19)December 19, 1932
Mexico City, Mexico
DiedMarch 29, 2006(2006-03-29) (aged 73)
Mexico City, Mexico

Regarded as one of the creators of the most influential cult noirè, experimental, intelligent style literature in Latin America, he wrote as a novelist, poet, critic, playwright, and journalist. His most famous novels are Farabeuf (1965) and El hipogeo Secreto (1968). He is also known for El grafógrafo (1972) which is a series of short texts based on linguistic abbreviatory experimentation. Farabeuf (tr. John Incledon) was published in English by Ox & Pigeon in 2015.

His style is considered innovative among Mexican contemporary literature for introducing a cosmopolitan view of language and narrative, bringing elements from external literary currents and languages to a refined dialogue of thought and communication. His technique is considered rather unrealistic and proto-fictional, as opposed to magical realism. Some critics have highlighted his literary works as postmodern literature since it challenges fiction through autofiction, metafiction, metalepsis, and by intertwining possible fictional worlds.[1] His works are associated with writers such as Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo and Georges Bataille. He was also a professor at UNAM for 25 years (mentor of writers such as Pablo Soler Frost) and received many international grants, such as the Guggenheim and Rockefeller, and was the recipient of the 1990 national prize of literature. Elizondo died in Mexico City on March 29, 2006, of cancer. His funeral was held at the palacio de Bellas Artes.


  • Poemas, 1960
  • Luchino Visconti (críticism), 1963
  • Farabeuf o la crónica de un instante (novela), 1965
  • Narda o el verano, 1966
  • Autobiografía, 1966
  • El hipogeo secreto (novela) 1968
  • Cuaderno de escritura (críticism), 1969
  • El retrato de Zoe, 1969
  • El grafógrafo, 1972
  • Contextos (critical articles), 1973
  • Museo poético (anthology of modern Mexican poetry), 1974
  • Antología personal, 1974
  • Miscast (A comedy in three Acts), 1981
  • Camera lucida, México, 1983
  • La luz que regresa, 1984
  • Elsinore: un cuaderno, 1988
  • Estanquillo (textos), 1992
  • Teoría del infierno, 1993
  • Pasado Anterior 2007

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  1. ^ Cruz-Grunerth, Gerardo (2018-06-25). 4. Salvador Elizondo, la exacerbación de la estética metaficcional (in Spanish). Vervuert Verlagsgesellschaft. doi:10.31819/9783954877218-006. ISBN 978-3-95487-721-8.

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