Mephisto’s Waltz: Selected Short Stories


Pitol gained legendary status first as a short story writer, this, his first collection in English, showcases his greatest stories.

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“One of Mexico’s most culturally complex and composite writers.” —Publishers Weekly

From the renowned Mexican literary master and author of the Trilogy of Memory (Deep Vellum) comes Mephisto’s Waltz, bringing together the best short stories from celebrated writer Sergio Pitol’s oeuvre. The Xavier Villaurrutia award-winning collection includes the titular story, Pitol’s personal favorite. Selected by the author, each story is a glimpse into the works that first gained Pitol his status as one of the greatest living Mexican writers and showcases the evolution of his unique literary style.

Sergio Pitol (1933-2018) was one of Mexico’s foremost writers and winner of the prestigious 2005 Cervantes Prize. He is the author of the three books in the Trilogy of Memory series: The Art of Flight, The Journey, and The Magician of Vienna, published in English by Deep Vellum. He is renowned for his intellectual career in both the fields of literary creation and translation.

Mephisto’s Waltz: Selected Short Stories