1940 – Born on April 6th in Contepec, Michoacán, Mexico. Mexican author, diplomat, and environmental activist.
1964 – Recipient of the Xavier Villarrutia Prize for best book of the year for Mirándola dormir.
1988 – Received the Dian-Novedades Literary Prize for the outstanding novel in Spanish, for Memorias del nuevo mundo.
1992 – He won the Premio Grinzane Cavour, for best foreign fiction, for the Italian translation of Vida y tiempos de Juan Cabezón de Castilla.
1997 – The president of International PEN.
2000 – Received the John Hay Award.
2001 – Won the Smederevo Golden Key Prize for his poetry.