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Ignacio Solares (1945- ) is a prominent Mexican novelist, editor and playwright, whose novel La invasion (The Invasion, 2004) was a bestseller in Mexico and Spain. Until 2005 he served as the Coordinator of Cultural Activities for Literature and Arts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); he is once again a faculty member there and directs the cultural magazine Revista de la Universidad de México. He formerly served as director of the Department of Theater and Dance and the Division of Literature at UNAM. He also edits the cultural supplement to the weekly magazine Siempre.

Solares is known for mystical occurrences and “dislocations of reality” in his fiction. In Anonimo (Anonymous Note, 1979), a work that has been compared to Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” for its protagonist’s metamorphosis into another person, we see Solares’ rejection of much organized religion (especially the Roman Catholic Church), but his simultaneous search for the transcendent and religious on the borders of human experience. He has written, “I believe in every possible manifestation of spiritual strangeness. I believe in all possible escapes. The only thing I cannot endure is reality, whatever it may be. I believe that the writer is defined by the constant necessity of creating a world, to depart from this world. Literature is more concerned with misery than with happiness. Writing is directly related to frustration. It is a reflection of personal desperation. The writer is profoundly disgusted with his reality.”

Solares was born in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, but much of his fiction is set in Mexico City. Casas de encantamiento (Houses of Enchantment, 1987), which won the Novedades prize in 1988, tries to capture Mexico City through time. He has written a number of historical novels over the years, beginning with Madero, el otro (Madero’s Judgment, 1989), and including La invasion. The latter, though it vividly describes the grim reality of the United States’ invasion of Mexico and occupation of Mexico City in 1847, during the Mexican-American War, focuses on the protagonist’s personal relationships during and many years after the invasion. Columbus (1996), on the other hand, deals with Pancho Villa’s invasion of the United States. Nen, la inútil (Nen the Useless, 1994) is concerned with the advent of the Conquistadores into Precolumbian central America; Nen is an Aztec girl who is raped by a Spanish soldier.

The essays in Cartas a una joven psicóloga (Letters to a Young Psychologist, 2000) and the play La moneda de oro ¿Freud o Jung? (The Golden Coin, Freud or Jung? 2004) reflect Solares’ interest in psychotherapy.

Solares’ Delirium tremens (1979, published in English in 2000 as Delirium Tremens: Stories of Suffering and Transcendence) is a work of non-fiction that collects stories of nightmarish visions experienced by alcoholics when undergoing delirium tremens. It is both a penetrating study of addiction, and a harrowing study of descents into personal hells. Solares’ father had experienced delirium tremens when Solares was a boy.

Eladio Cortés, in his Dictionary of Mexican Literature, has written that “Solares’ novels have the simplicity of a fairy tale and the complexity of a metaphysical treatise. The author’s ability to capture and hold the reader’s interest is one of his main assets. He is one of contemporary Mexico’s best novelists.”

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Total Books: 21
El jefe maximo
2011 - El Jefe Maximo [Spanish Edition - Commander in Chief] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9786071111418
ISBN-10: 6071111412
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Ficciones de la Revolucion mexicana / The Fictionary Mexican Revolution
2009 - Ficciones De La Revolucion Mexicana / the Fictionary Mexican Revolution [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9786071102591
ISBN-10: 6071102596
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Yankee Invasion A Novel of Mexico City
2009 - Yankee Invasion a Novel of Mexico City (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780979824944
ISBN-10: 097982494X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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2008 - La Noche De Angeles / Angels Night [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Imagen de Julio Cortazar
2008 - Imagen De Julio Cortazar [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789505577552
ISBN-10: 9505577559
Genre: Nonfiction
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La instruccion y otros cuentos/ Instructions and Other Tales
2007 - La Instruccion Y Otros Cuentos/ Instructions and Other Tales [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789705800191
ISBN-10: 9705800197
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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La invasin
2005 - La Invasin (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789707702141
ISBN-10: 9707702141
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nonfiction
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Delirium Tremens Stories of Suffering and Transcendence
Columbus/columbus
1998 - Columbus/columbus (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789681902988
ISBN-10: 968190298X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Lost in the City Tree of Desire and Serafin  Two Novels
1998 - Lost in the City Tree of Desire and Serafin Two Novels [Texas Pan American Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780292777316
ISBN-10: 0292777310
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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El sitio
1998 - El Sitio [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789681903572
ISBN-10: 9681903579
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Lost in the City Tree of Desire and Serafin  2 Novels
1998 - Lost in the City Tree of Desire and Serafin 2 Novels [Texas Pan American Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780292777323
ISBN-10: 0292777329
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Nen LA Inutil
1995 - Nen La Inutil [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789681902292
ISBN-10: 9681902297
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Yo Y Mi Gato [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Cartas a Una Joven Psicologa
Cartas a Una Joven Psicologa (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789505117321
ISBN-10: 9505117329
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nonfiction
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La noche de angeles
La Noche De Angeles [Spanish Edition] (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789681322106
ISBN-10: 968132210X
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No hay tal lugar
No Hay Tal Lugar (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789681911157
ISBN-10: 9681911156
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El gran elector
El Gran Elector [Cuarto creciente - Spanish Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9789682705724
ISBN-10: 968270572X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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