Alicia Yánez Cossío

Alicia Yánez Cossío

Alicia Yánez Cossío is one of the 2oth Century’s most important literary figures of Ecuador and Latin America. She was born in Quito, Ecuador on Sept 10, 1928. She is a novelist, poet, short story writer, and journalist. Since 1991 she has been a member of the Ecuadorian Academy of Language. In 1996, with her novel El cristo feo (1995), Yánez became the first Ecuadorian to win the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize (Guadalajara, Mexico), one of the most prestigious awards for female authors in the Spanish speaking world. In 2008 she received Ecuador’s highest literary award, the Eugenio Espejo Award, for her lifetime of work.

Homage to Alicia Yánez Cossío

Circa 2018

Family

Yánez’ son is the writer Luis Miguel Campos Yáñez.

Awards

Works

Novels

  • Bruna, soroche y los tíos (1973) (English trans. “Bruna and Her Sisters in the Sleeping City” by Kenneth J. A. Wishina, 1999)
  • Yo vendo unos ojos negros (1979)
  • Más allá de las islas (1980) (English trans. “Beyond the Islands” by Amalia Gladhart, 2011)
  • La Cofradía del Mullo de la virgen Pipona (1985) (English trans. “The Potbellied Virgin” by Amalia Gladhart, 2006)
  • La casa del sano placer (1989)
  • El cristo feo (1995)
  • Aprendiendo a morir (1997)
  • Y amarle pude… (2000)
  • Sé que vienen a matarme (2001)
  • Concierto de sombras (2004)
  • Esclavos de Chatham (2006)
  • Memorias de la Pivihuarmi Cuxirimay Ocllo (2008)

Poetry

  • Luciolas (1949)
  • De la sangre y el tiempo (1964)
  • Plebeya mínima (1974)

Short stories

  • El beso y otras fricciones (1975)
  • Relatos cubanos (1998)

Theather

  • Hacia el Quito de ayer (1951)

Children’s literature

  • El viaje de la abuela (1997)
  • Pocapena (1997)
  • Los triquitraques (2002)
  • ¡No más! (2004)
  • La canoa de la abuela (2006)

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