Arturo Montesinos Malo

Arturo Montesinos Malo

Arturo Montesinos Malo (Cuenca, August 31, 1913 – May 23, 2009) was an Ecuadorian novelist, professor, and translator who lived in the United States for many years where he worked as a translator at the United Nations in New York. In 1959, he received the “José de la Cuadra” Award for his short story collection “Arcilla indócil,” which is considered by many to be his best work. Some of his Spanish-to-English translations of contemporary writers’ short stories and poems appeared in Letras del Ecuador.

Personal life

In 1935, he married Luz Marina Fernández de Córdoba, and they had four children.



  • Segunda vida (1962)
  • El peso de la nube parda (Quito, 1974)
  • Lejos de la cumbre (Quito, 1994)

Short stories

  • Sendas dispersas (1941)
  • Arcilla indócil (Premio “José de la Cuadra”, 1959)
  • El color del cristal (Quito, 1981).

His short stories have been published in the following anthologies:

  • Antología del relato ecuatoriano (Quito, 1973)
  • Cuento de la generación de los 30 (Guayaquil, s.f.)
  • Cuento contigo (Guayaquil, 1993)
  • Antología básica del cuento ecuatoriano (Quito, 1998).

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