Jorge F. Hernández
(México, D.F., 1962)
A doctoral candidate in History at the Complutense University of Madrid, Jorge F. Hernández has taught at UNAM, ITAM, Anáhuac University and the Hellenic Cultural Center. He has published several essays and articles on the history of México and the book La soledad del silencio: Microhistoria del Santuario de Atotonilco (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1991), for which he won the “Atanasio G. Saravia” BANAMEX National History Prize with honors in 1987.
In 1997, he published the storybook En las nubes (El equilibrista/CNCA 1997), and in 2000, he won the National Short Story Award “Efrén Hernández” with the story “Noche de ronda,” which was included in his second book Escenarios del sueño (CNCA, 2005). Other storybooks he has published are SeisCuentosSeis y uno de regalo (Ficticia / UANL, with a version in electronic format) and El álgebra del misterio (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2011, also available in electronic format). In 2010, the Ministry of Culture of the State of Colima published a non-commercial version of his first anthology, Un montón de piedras, which was republished by Alfaguara in 2013.
As an essayist, he has published Réquiem taurino (Aldus, 1998), Territorios del tiempo: Antología de entrevistas con Carlos Fuentes (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1999; translated to french by Gallimard, 2005), Las manchas del arte y el misterio de la insinuación (Aldus, 2002), Espejo de historias y otros reflejos (Aldus, 2000) and Signos de admiración (UNAM / DGE-Equilibrista, 2006). He is currently preparing a new volume of literary essays with the title Wakefields: Elogio de la desaparición.
He was a contributor of Octavio Paz’s magazine Vuelta, the magazines Artes de México, FMR, and Matador; the Mexican newspapers Novedades and Reforma, and the Spanish newspaper El País. He also collaborated in Gabriel García Márquez’ magazine, Cambio, with the column Enormes Minucias. Since 2000, he has written a weekly column called Agua de azar in the newspaper Milenio. In 2012, the publishing house, Trilce, in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, published an anthology of all his weekly articles with the title Escribo a ciegas, which had a foreword written by Antonio Muñoz Molina. Currently, he publishes the column Cartas de Cuévano, and the personal blog Café de Madrid in the newspaper El País.
In 1997, his first novel La emperatriz del Lavapiés (Alfaguara, 1999) was a finalist for the First International Alfaguara Novel Prize, and has since been reprinted in paperback by the publishing house Punto de Lectura, in Spain. His second novel, Réquiem para un Ángel (Alfaguara, 2009) has also been successfully received, and is currently available in print and electronic format.
The National Endowment for the Arts chose his recent anthology, Sol, piedra y sombras: Veinte cuentistas mexicanos de la primera mitad del silo XX (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2008), for the United State’s reading program “The Big Read.”
In 2010, he presented “Golpe de dados” along with Laura Barrera on the Mexican cultural news TV show Noticias 22. He also collaborated with Leo Zuckerman and Julio Patán on the radio show Artículo Sexto (Radio Fórmula, 2012-2013). Since 2005, he has been a presenter of the radio show Acentos, on the Mexican radio station Opus 94.5 FM along with Phillipe Ollé-Laprune y Fabrizio Mejía-Madrid. Currently, he leads “Café de Nadie” in TVUNAM with Hernán Bravo Varela, and he is a member of the National System of Creators Art of FONCA.