Efraín Villacís

Efraín Villacís

Efraín Villacís (Quito, 1966) is an Ecuadorian novelist, short story writer, playwright, editor, and literary critic. His fiction stories and essays have been published in magazines within and outside of Ecuador. As a literary critic and essayist, he has authored prologues and essays about numerous authors, including Teresa de la Parra, Enrique Gil Gilbert, Erasmo de Roterdam, José Rafael Bustamante, José de la Cuadra, and Mary Shelley. His theater play, “Contrato,” premiered in 1999. He released his debut novel, “La sonrisa hueca del señor Horudi,” in 2018. His latest novel, “Ciudad Jenga,” was published in 2020.


  • Finalist – Premio Iberoamericano de Cuento Taurino [Taurino Ibero-American Story Award], 2003


Efraín Villacís interview

Uploaded to YouTube 2018.

Selected Works

  • La sonrisa hueca del señor Horudi (2018, novel)
  • Ciudad Jenga (2020, novel)
  • El Contrator (1999, play)
  • Me dejó por Manolete (story)
  • La mosca en el andén (story)
  • Gonzalo Zaldumbide: Cartas 1933 – 1934 (2000, nonfiction)
  • La imprenta y el papel (1998, co-author, nonfiction)
  • Presencias de Teresa de la Parra (2002, nonfiction)

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