Fernando del Paso Morante is a Mexican novelist, essayist and poet.
Del Paso was born in Mexico City and took two years in economics at the Universidad Nacional AutÃ³noma de MÃ©xico. He lived in London for 14 years, where he worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation and in France, where he worked for Radio France Internationale and briefly served as general consul of Mexico.
He has been a member of Colegio Nacional de MÃ©xico since 1996 and has won several international awards, including the Premio Internacional Alfonso Reyes, the FIL Literature Prize, the RÃ³mulo Gallegos Prize, the Best Novel Published in France Award for Palinurus of Mexico, the Xavier Villaurrutia Award and the Mexico Novel Award.
Noticias del Imperio is an important contribution to the Latin American new historical novel. The novel, based upon the lives of Maximilian and Carlota and French Intervention in Mexico, is called by the author a "historiographic" novel. This encyclopedic novel is remarkable in that, instead of trying to discover the "truth" about "what really happened," the author presents a number of possible versions of important and controversial events.