Distant Neighbors: Twentieth-Century Mexican Literature

Ángeles Mastretta (1949 -  )



  • Born in 1949 in Puebla, Mexico.
  • Received a degree in communications from National University, Mexico City


  • Journalist, as well as novelist; writes a monthly column, "Puerto libre" for Nexos magazine.
  • Won the Mazatlán Award for her first novel and the Romulo Gallegos Award for Mal de amores.

Major Writings

Arrácame la vida (novel), 1985. Tr. by Ann Wright as Mexican Bolero, 1989. Recently translated as Tear This Heart Out
Mujeres de ojos grandes (short stories), 1990.
Puerto libre (short stories), 1993
Mal de amores (novel), 1996. Tr. as Lovesick by Margaret Sayers Peden.

Critical Sources and Reviews

Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture, ed. Peter Standish, Volume 4: "Hispanic Culture of Mexico, Central America, and the Carribbean," Gale, 1996.

Contemporary Mexican Women Writers
, ed. Gabriella de Beer (Mastretta is one of the five writers profiled by essays, interviews, and criticism).

Review:  New York Times, June 29, 1997.

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