Gustavo Sainz is a Spanish language author from Mexico.
Born in Mexico City, the son of journalist JosÃ© Luis Sainz, Gustavo Sainz learned how to read at the age of three from his paternal grandmother, and started publishing his work in the city newspapers at the age of ten. When he was in primary school, Sainz founded several school magazines, which he continued to do until college. At the age of eighteen, Sainz left home to work as a journalist in the magazine VisiÃ³n. In 1960, he entered the Universidad Nacional AutÃ³noma de MÃ©xico, where he began studying law, but ultimately changed to study literature. Sainz's first novel, Gazapo, was published when he was twenty-five and has been translated into fourteen languages. This novel marked the beginning of the literary movement "la Onda", of which other Mexican writers, such as JosÃ© AgustÃn and Parmenides GarcÃa SaldaÃ±a, formed part.
In 1968, Sainz travelled to the University of Iowa to participate in the International Writing Program, where he started and completed his second novel, Obsesivos dÃas circulares. Sainz's longest novel, A la salud de la serpiente, relates his adventures of this period in Iowa.
Upon his return to Mexico, he wrote La princesa del Palacio de Hierro, which won the Premio Xavier Villaurrutia in 1974. It was translated into English by Andrew Hurley and published as "The Princess of the Iron Palace" by Grove Press in 1987. In 2003, he published A troche y moche, which won the prize for the best novel of the year written in Mexico, and its translation intro French won the award for best novel in Quebec. His work includes eighteen published novels, countless articles, and various children's books.