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Federico Campbell
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Born (1941-07-01)1 July 1941
Died 15 February 2014(2014-02-15) (aged 72)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Journalist, writer, essayist, translator, narrator
Years active 1971–2014
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Federico Campbell (1 July 1941 – 15 February 2014) was a Mexican author, reporter and journalist. Born in Tijuana he gained success after moving to Mexico City.


Campbell was born on 1 July 1941 in Tijuana, Baja California. Campbell was the son of Carmen Quiroz, a teacher, and Federico Campbell, a telegraph operator. His father's Scottish-American ancestors migrated to Mexico from Virginia in the 1830s. He had two sisters Sarina and Silvia Campbell Quiroz.

He was best known for the short story collection Tijuanenses (Tijuana: Stories on the Border). In 2000, he won the Colima Prize for Fiction with his book Transpeninsular. In 1995, he was awarded the J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship. He has translated Harold Pinter, David Mamet and Leonardo Sciascia into Spanish. He also had one son, Federico Campbell Peña who, like his father, is a writer and a journalist.

Campbell died from a stroke on 15 February 2014 in Mexico City. He was 72.


  • Pretexta (1979)
  • Todo lo de las focas (1982; All about Seals)
  • Tijuanenses (1989; Tijuana: Stories on the Border, 1995)
  • La memoria de Sciascia (1989; Sciascia's Memory)
  • La invención del poder (1994; The Invention of Power)
  • Post scriptum triste (1994)
  • Máscara negra (1995; Black Mask)
  • Transpeninsular (2000)
  • La clave Morse (2001; The Morse Code)
  • El imperio del adiós (2002; The Empire of Farewell).

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