“With you forever, Fernando del Paso!”, wrote on Twitter the University of that city, which had awarded him the title of doctor honoris causa in 2013. Known for the vivid colours of his clothes and his sense of humor, the author of Palinure de Mexico (1977) had a fragile health. Fernando del Paso passed away Wednesday, November 14, at Guadalajara. He was 83 years old.

“He was the best writer in country life”

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, elected president of Mexico

during his career he has received numerous literary awards, including the Cervantes Prize in 2015. During the award ceremony of this prize, the writer has severely criticized the mexican government, although he had difficulty speaking due to a stroke suffered in 2013. In Mexico, “robberies, extortion, kidnappings, disappearances, abuse of power, corruption, impunity, and cynicism continues,” he said on the occasion, on the strength of his rebellious nature.

According to Paulina del Paso, daughter of the novelist, “it leaves us with the taste for life, his sense of humor, a very precious legacy which exerts a positive influence on young people inspired by the writing.”

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In his youth, Fernando del Paso had worked for the british channel. BBC in London, and for Radio France. His death represents an irreparable loss to literature in mexican. Until today, he was the best writer in the life of the country”, said the president-elect of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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