Ignacio Padilla, Mexican writer, Died at 47

Ignacio Padilla was born on November 7, 1968, and died on August 20, 2016.

He was a Mexican writer.

His works were translated into several languages.

He helped found the Crack Movement along with fellow writers Eloy Urroz, Jorge Volpi, and Pedro Angel Palou as a means for Mexican authors to find their own voice and write beyond magic realism.

During 1996, Padilla joined with longtime friends and fellow writers Jorge Volpi, Eloy Urroz, Pedro Ángel Palou García, and Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, who together presented a proposal based on their literary criticism and personal opinions of Mexican and Latin American literature.

This literary critique, a reaction to the Latin American Boom, which became known as the Crack Manifesto and was presented as a means for Mexican authors to find their own voice, and write beyond Magic Realism.

With breaking the Latin American tradition of Magic Realism, the Crack Movement called for a return to the complexity of plot and style as found in the works of such Latin American authors as Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges.

During 2001, he was chosen as Cultural Attaché for the Mexican embassy to the United Kingdom, a post he held until 2003.

By that time, he republished “Crónicas africanas” which he had previously published in Mexican literary magazine “Nostromo.

Ignacio Padilla passed away at 47 years od in an accident.