Distant Neighbors: Twentieth-Century Mexican Literature

Francisco Hinojosa (1954 -  )

Hectic Ethics


  • Born in 1954 in Mexico City
  • Received a degree in Hispanic Language and Literature from the National University in Mexico City.


  • Taught a workshop in children's literature for the International Book Board for Young People.
  • Considered one of the most important writers of Spanish language literature for children and young adults.
  • Received a fellowship for work on the short story from the National Foundation for Culture and the Arts, 1991-92.
  • Hectic Ethics, the first of Hinojosa's works to be translated into English.

Major Writings

El Sol, la Luna y las estrellas (children's literature), 1981.
Tres poemas (poetry), 1981
La vieja que comá gente, 1981(children's literature). Published in English in 1984 as The Old Lady Who Ate People: Frightening Stories.
A golpe de calcetin
, 1982. To appear in English in 2001 as By the Soles of his Feet.
Cuando los ratones se deban la gran vida, 1986.
Joaqui y Maclovia se quieren casar (with Alicia Meza), 1987.
Anáibal y Melquiades (children's literature), 1991.
Una semana en Lugano (children's literature), 1992.
Amadáis de anás--amadáis de codorniz (children's literature), [Anise Amadis, Amadis of Quail],1993.
La fórmula del Dr. Funes (children's literature), 1993.
La peor señora del mundo (children's literature), [The Worst Woman in the World] opened in 1992. Also opened as a play in 1993.
Carrito de paletas (anthology), 1993.
Cuentos héticos, 1996. Tr. into English as Hectic Ethics, by Kurt Hollander, 1998.
Repugnante Pajarraco y Otros Regalos, [Disgusting Bird and Other Gifts], 2000.
Ana, Verdad? [Ana, Right?], 2001.

Critical Sources and Reviews

Retired Discussion Series

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