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Juan José Arreola Zúñiga

Juan José Arreola Zúñiga was born in Zapotlán el Grande, Jalisco, in 1918. He was a literary man with innate talent for writing. Despite the variety of genres in his work, he is considered a master of magical realism.

He studied at the Theater Art School of the National Fine Arts Institute and was part of the Comédie-Française thanks to a scholarship given by the Latin America's French Institute in 1945.

A renowned essay writer, narrator, and poet. Among his work, you can find novels, short stories and theater. The most outstanding are Confabulario, La Feria, Palíndroma, Bestiario, and Inventario.

He was a collaborator and editor in different cultural institutions. Among some of them, he founded the Casa del Lago, the Cultural Center of the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM).

Part of his legacy, apart from his work, was training new writers while being a professor at UNAM's Philosophy and Literature Faculty.

He won several prizes such as the Jalisco Award in 1953, the Linguistics and Literature National Award in 1979, and Juan Rulfo's Latin American and Caribbean Literature Award in 1990.

He died in Guadalajara in 2001. Today, we can get to know more about his story at the old Juan José Arreola Library, next to the Agua Azul park which happens to be really close to two auditoriums: Jalisco's Experimental Theater and Ignacio López Tarso Theater.

Keep enjoying our historic center and learning about the legacy of the Honorable Citizens of Jalisco.