Famous Novelists from Mexico

List of notable or famous novelists from Mexico, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Mexico and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Mexico. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Mexican novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Mexico is included when available.

These people, like Carlos Fuentes and Fernando Vallejo include images when available.

This historic novelists from Mexico list can help answer the questions "Who are some Mexican novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Mexico?" These prominent novelists of Mexico may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Mexican novelists.

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  • Alberto Ruy Sánchez
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    Alberto Ruy-Sánchez Lacy is a Mexican writer and editor born in Mexico City on 7 December 1951. He is an author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Since 1988 he has been the chief editor and founding publisher of Latin America's leading arts magazine, Artes de Mexico. He has been a visiting professor at several universities including Stanford, Middlebury and La Sorbonne, and has been invited to give lectures in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and South America. His work has been praised by Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo, Severo Sarduy, Alberto Manguel and Claude Michel Cluny and has received awards from several international institutions.
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Ángeles Mastretta (born October 9, 1949, in Puebla) is a post-boom Mexican author, journalist, actress, and film producer. She is well known for creating inspirational female characters and fictional pieces that reflect the social and political realities of Mexico in her life. She is a recipient of the Rómulo Gallegos Prize and the Mazatlán Prize for Literature for Best Book of the Year. Her book, Arráncame la vida (Tear This Heart Out) was adapted into a movie, which won an Ariel Award in Mexico.
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Puebla, Mexico
  • Anita Brenner (born Hanna Brenner; 13 August 1905 – 1 December 1974) was a transnational Jewish scholar and intellectual, who wrote extensively in English about the art, culture, and history of Mexico. She was born in Mexico, raised and educated in the U.S., and returned to Mexico in the 1920s following the Mexican Revolution. She coined the term 'Mexican Renaissance', "to describe the cultural florescence [that] emerged from the revolution." As a child of immigrants, Brenner's heritage caused her to experience both antisemitism and acceptance. Fleeing discrimination in Texas, she found mentors and colleagues among the European Jewish diaspora living in both Mexico and New York, but Mexico, ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1905-1974)
    • Birthplace: Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Carlos Fuentes
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    Carlos Fuentes Macías (; Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos ˈfwentes] (listen); November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012) was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962), Aura (1962), Terra Nostra (1975), The Old Gringo (1985) and Christopher Unborn (1987). In his obituary, The New York Times described Fuentes as "one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world" and an important influence on the Latin American Boom, the "explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and '70s", while The Guardian called him "Mexico's most celebrated novelist". His many literary honors include the Miguel de Cervantes Prize as well as Mexico's highest award, the Belisario ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1928-2012)
    • Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
  • DBC Pierre (born Peter Finlay in 1961) is an Australian writer who wrote the novel Vernon God Little. He was born in South Australia in 1961, before moving to Mexico, where Pierre was largely raised. He now resides in the Republic of Ireland. Pierre was awarded the 2003 Booker Prize for fiction for Vernon God Little, his first novel, becoming the third Australian-born author to be so honoured. Upon winning the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003 he became the first writer to receive a Booker and a Whitbread for the same book. The book also won the Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman Prize for comic literature at the Hay Festival in 2003, and earned the author a James Joyce Award from the Literary ...more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Old Reynella, South Australia, Australia
  • Enrique Serna

    Enrique Serna was born in Mexico City on January 11, 1959. Before devoting himself entirely to literature, he was a scriptwriter for various Mexican soap operas and wrote biographies of popular Mexican figures as well as working in the advertising industry as a copywriter. He has published the novels Señorita México, Uno soñaba que era rey, El miedo a los animales, El seductor de la patria (winner of the Mazatlán Prize), Ángeles del abismo (winner of the Colima Prize), Fruta verde, La sangre erguida (winner of the Antonin Artaud Prize) and La doble vida de Jesús. His short stories, collected in his books Amores de segunda mano, El orgasmógrafo and La ternura caníbal have been included in ...more
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: North America, Americas, Mexico, Latin America