Literary Birthday – 30 June – José Emilio Pacheco

José Emilio Pacheco was born 30 June 1939, and died 26 January 2014.

Three Quotes

  1. The novel since its origins has been the privatisation of history… the history of private life … and in that sense every novel is a historical novel….
  2. I am an enemy of the word and the notion of happiness, much of the unhappiness of the world is obsessively pursued.
  3. We are all hypocrites. We cannot see ourselves or judge ourselves the way we see and judge others.

José Emilio Pacheco was a Mexican critic, novelist, short-story writer, translator, and poet. He wrote Battles in the Desert & Other Stories.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 30th June 2013