Alberto Ruy-Sánchez (1951) is a fiction and non fiction writer, poet and essayist from Mexico City. He received his Ph.D. in 1980 from the University of Paris under the directorship of Roland Barthes. His novels offer an exploration of the many facets of desire, and nearly all of his works of fiction take place in Mogador, the ancient name for the Moroccan city of Essaouira, a walled labyrinth of winding streets, marketplaces, bathhouses, and hidden gardens. His fiction has been translated into many languages and he spends much of his time traveling around the world as a guest lecturer and storyteller. He has been widely published in scholarly journals and is the author of several books of literary criticism, including Una introducción a Octavio Paz (1990, recipient of the Premio José Fuentes Mares). Since 1988, he has served as the editor-in-chief of Artes de México, a magazine that has won more than one hundred and fifty national and international publishing awards. In 2000 he was named Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and in 2005 he received the honor of Gran Orden de Honor Nacional al Mérito Autoral in Mexico City. He is also an Honorary Citizen of Louisville, Kentucky, an Honorable Kentucky Colonel, and an Honorary Captain of the majestic steamship, the Belle of Louisville. In addition, he has served as a Visiting Tinker Scholar at Stanford University and as the Chairman of Creative Non-Fiction Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts and is a Guggenheim Fellow. In 2017 he was awarded the Mexican National Arts and Literature Award, He lives in Mexico City.
BY ALBERTO RUY SÁNCHEZ: Tristeza de la verdad ESSAY, 2017 Los sueños de la serpiente NOVEL, 2017 Quinteto de Mogador NOVEL, 2015 Con la literatura en el cuerpo ESSAY, 2012 Decir es desear NOVEL, 2011 Elogio del insomnio NOVEL 2011 Los nombres del aire NOVEL, 2010 En los labios del agua NOVEL, 2010 Los jardines secretos de Mogador NOVEL, 2010 Nueve veces el asombro NOVEL 2010 La mano del fuego NOVEL, 2007 Los demonios de la lengua NOVEL, 2007