Mexican Writers, José Agustín and Carlos Montemayor

José Agustín; He was born in the State of Guerrero in 1944 and studied cinematography at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, besides the literature workshop of Juan José Arreola, he has also been professor at the University of Denver, in California – Irving and New Mexico. The work offered by José Agustín develops in theater, television and the taste of his fans. In 1976 he adapted José Revueltas, directed by Felipe Cazals, as well as the work of García Márquez, La Viuda de Montiel.

Under the view of Agustín, the secrets of the city and society’s strata are revealed, often undesirably and not so beautifully. Other directors have adapted his work to theater; Círculo Vicioso, Mario Alcántara and Abolición de la Propiedad have been staged. He has been recognized by diverse institutions, his collections include the titles Furor Matutino, 1984, La Miel Derramada, 1992; Cómo se Llama la Obra, 1999; and an autobiography in 1996. In the gender of chronicles the recognized titles are Tragicomedia Mexicana 1, 2 and 3, and the stories No hay Censura, 1988; and No Pases esa Puerta, 1992. At 63 years of age, he has stated that La Llave de la Carretera, a book to be published soon, is one of his last works.

Carlos Montemayor:

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He was born in Chihuahua in 1947. He studied Law and a Masters in Latin American Literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. He later became interested in Oriental Studies at Colegio de Mexico and has been a professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropólitana. He has been a tireless promoter of indigenous culture and literature. Also, he has published in La Revista el Tiempo, Diorama de la Cultura, Excelsior, Revista de Bellas Artes, and Revista Universidad de México. His work incluyes the chronicles and essays Chiapas, la rebelión indígena de México, 1998; La Guerrilla Recurrente, 1999; Rehacer la Historia, 2000; the stories Las Llaves de Urgell, 1971, Premiá, 1983, Diana, 1990, and the essays Los Dioses Perdidos, 1979; El Oficio Literario, 1985 and topics where he continues to approach the life and problems of natives as in Situación Actual y Perspectivas de la Literatura en Lenguas Indígenas, 1993. More recent is El Pez en el Agua from 2001. In September of 2007 he received an Award for Excellence from Fundación Mexico Unido, currently he collaborates with the newspaper La Jornada.

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