Ignacio Solares, author of ten plays, two volumes of short stories, and a dozen novels, is widely considered to be one of the best novelists writing in Mexico. Solares is particularly well known for his penchant of delving into the supernatural and for his gift of empathetic characterization. His early novels focus on contemporary Mexico City, while much of his more recent fiction deals with Mexican history. Delirium Tremens, Solares's first book, is his sixth to be published in English. Following the book's original publication in Mexico in 1979, Solares was asked to deliver lectures about delirium tremens internationally, including in Cuba and Russia.Solares has won numerous awards and honors, among them two fellowships at the Mexican Writers Center, the Diana/Novedades International Prize, the National Prize for Cultural Journalism, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently the Coordinator of Cultural Activities for Literature and Arts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where he has also been a faculty member and served as director of the Department of Theater and Dance. He is also the editor of the cultural supplement to the weekly magazine Siempre. About the TranslatorTimothy G. Compton, Ph.D., is a professor of Spanish at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, where he was named the Peter White Scholar for the 1991-1992 school year. He has been a guest lecturer at Mexico's National Center for Theatre Research. Compton's research specialty is Mexican literature.Published in both the United States and Mexico, his articles include studies on contemporary Mexican theatre, playwright Rodolfo Usigli, and the Mexican novel. In 1997, Bucknell University Press published Compton's book Mexican Picaresque Narratives: Periquillo and Kin. Compton worked as a translator from 1983 to 1985 and has translated a number of children's stories into Spanish and a handful of Peruvian traditions by Ricardo Palma into English.
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