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.

Ruy-Sanchez’s works of fiction are always amazing: adventure, poetry and intelligence in a new geometry of words... And he is also one of our best essayistes. His writing has nerve and agility, his intelligence is sharp without being cruel, his mood is sympathetic without complaisance or complicity.
— Octavio Paz
To name the air is to make it visible. Alberto Ruy-Sánchez invented not only novels but a new way of reading, the way of poetic lightning stroke.
— Severo Sarduy
In the books by Alberto Ruy-Sánchez we find again the erotic conviction that allows us to read with all the skin. The erotic, in his narratives is not a subject or a phase, it is the clay of what they are made. In his novels, essays or travel writings, every experience -trivial or extraordinary- breaths through the erotic.
— Alberto Manguel
From the Sonora desert to the Sahara, from the french Guyana to the urban jungle of Paris or Mexico City, desire travels in Alberto Ruy-Sánchez’s books at the speed of dream.
— Fatima Zohra Larbi, Le matin du Sahara
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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