Rogelio Guedea, born in Mexico in 1974, is considered one of Mexico’s most important young authors. He studied law and literature in Mexico and Spain and has already received countless prizes, among others the highly respected Premio Adonáis de Poesía. Guedea had lectured at the University of Otago in New Zealand for several years.
El último desayuno (“The Last Breakfast”) is a detective story based on real facts: the murder of a student on a university campus serves as the thread of the plot. Roque, the protagonist, is a Mexican professor at a New Zealand university. He has the impression that the police and his colleagues think he is responsible for the crime. In this situation, it does not help that after separating from his wife he is going through a period of mental instability, nor that he cannot remember the details of his relationship with Sara, the murdered student. While Roque tries to hide his fear and discomfort, he concentrates on finding a solution to all his problems and circumstances: the relationship with his ex-wife and children, his lovers, his role as resident in a foreign country. The author weaves a story of intrigue extending far beyond the detective story, where the real conflict is human frailty itself.
It reads in one gulp and stays in the memory.
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Rogelio Guedea’s latest novel Vidas secretas (“Secret Lives”) tells the story of a perfidious scheme. The Mexican Roque de la Mora teaches Spanish at a university in New Zealand. Although very attracted to his student Natasha, he resists her obvious advances – until he gets a nasty surprise.
El crimen de Los Tepames (“The Crime of Los Tepames”) is the last part of the captivating Colima trilogy. Two brothers are brutally murdered in the usually quiet town of Los Tepames. Abel finds out that some mining companies were quite interested in their land. As he digs deeper, he finds himself in a swamp of murderous corruption from which there is no escape.
Once again, Guedea fascinates the reader with his strong language and his outstanding style. The book was among the bestselling books in Mexico’s most important bookstore, Librería Gandhi.
Colima/Mexico: in the heat of an election campaign, the governor's brother is found assassinated with a 41-calibre bullet. Has he fallen victim to a serial killer or is the opposition party behind it? Based on a true story, the novel 41 paints a merciless picture of present-day Mexico.
With this book, Guedea is consolidated as one of Mexico’s best narrators.
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In Conducir un tráiler (“The Brothers Corona”), the young Abel Corona goes looking for his girlfriend, taking a lift from a truck driver who is involved in the drugs trade. When he steals money from him, Abel starts fearing for his life. Then his brother Ismael is found dead, and Abel is confronted with an old family feud: a fight over land ending in death. Is he being lured into a trap, to fall victim to revenge?
Fresh and modern, this is an important work of fiction.
Daniel Chacón, author of Hotel Júarez
Excellent. A great novel, I really did enjoy it.
Paco Ignacio Taibo II
It will not be long before the writer of this book is recognised by critics as a key and refreshing force in contemporary Mexican narrative.
Adelso Yánez, Caribe
Driving a Trailer Truck opens new paths within the contemporary narrative.
Blanca Fonseca, JILAR
Reading is a highly enjoyable craft, as Guedea shows in his narrative essay Oficio: leer (“Business: reading”). In the form of short fictional pieces based around the works of well-known writers such as Cioran, Bolaño, Greene, Pessoa, Kafka and García Márquez, he awakens our desire for turning pages.
For further information, please also visit the author’s website:
El último desayuno
Mexico City: Random House Mondadori 2016, 159 p.
Mexico City: Ediciones B 2012, 139 p.
El crimen de Los Tepames
Mexico City: Random House Mondadori 2013, 320 p.
Among the bestselling books in Mexico’s most important bookstore, Librería Gandhi
Mexico City: Random House Mondadori 2010, 240 p.
Premio Interamericano de Literatura Carlos Montemayor 2012
English translation available
France: Flammarion 2012
Conducir un trailer
Mexico City: Random House Mondadori 2008, 214 p.
Silverio Cañadas Prize 2009 at the Semana Negra in Gijón
US: Texas Tech University Press 2014
El arte de gobernar. Manual del bueno gobierno
Cordoba: Almuzara 2017
Los anteojos del fabulista
Mexico City: Editorial Lectorum 2016, 240 p.
La brújula de Séneca
Córdoba (Spain): Arcopress 2014, 160 p.
Mexico City: Aldus 2008, 133 p.
Italy: Graphe 2012
Poetas del Medio Siglo: mapa de una generación
Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 2007, 150 p.
Crónicas del reincidente
Mexico City: Universidad de Colima 2006, 244 p.
Tlaqupaque/Guadalajara: Mantis 2003, 103 p.
Antología poética 2001-2010, Madrid: Rilke 2010, 84 p.
Madrid: Ediciones Rialp 2009, 90 p.
(Premio Internacional de Poesía Adonáis 2008)
Mexico City: Instituto Sonorense de Cultura 2006, 87 p.
(Premio Internacional de Poesía Sonora 2005)
Razón de mundo
Mexico City: Instituto de Cultura de Nayarit 2006, 63 p.
(Premio Nacional de Poesía Amado Nervo 2004)
Spain: Follas Novas 2001, 86 p.
(Premio Internacional de Poesía Rosalía de Castro 2001)
Pasajero en tránsito
Guadalajara: Arlequín 2010, 130p.
Cruce de vías
Palencia: Menoscuarto 2010, 96 p.
Mexico City: Ficticia/Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes 2007, 130 p.
Mexico City: Colibrí 2005, 164 p.
New Zealand (English language): Titus Books 2010
Del aire al aire
Barcelona: Thule 2004, 94 p.
Participation in anthologies:
La Frontera – Die mexikanisch-US-amerikanische Grenze und ihre Künstler
Frankfurt am Main: Faust Kultur