Gilda Holst

Gilda Holst

Gilda Holst Molestina (Guayaquil, 1952) is an Ecuadorian writer and university professor. Her narrative makes use of humor and irony, in addition to the treatment of themes related to gender inequality. She began her literary career in the 1980s. In 1985, she entered the literary workshops of writer Miguel Donoso Pareja. She has also dedicated herself to teaching, working for several years as a professor of literature at the Catholic University, where she eventually directed the School of Letters. She wrote the novel “Dar con ella” (2000) and 3 books of short stories, “Más sin nombre que nunca” (1989), “Turba de signos” (1995), and “Bumerán” (2006). Her stories have also appeared in numerous anthologies, including in English translation in “Cruel Fictions, Cruel Realities: Short Stories by Latin American Women Writers” (1997) edited and translated by Kathy S. Leonard. (2006). In 2021, Editorial Cadáver Exquisito published her Complete Works.


Gilda Holst completed her secondary studies at the American School, and higher education at the Catholic University of Santiago of Guayaquil, where she obtained a licentiate in literature in 1984.


Short stories

  • Más sin nombre que nunca (1989)
  • Turba de signos (1995)
  • Bumerán (2006)


  • Dar con ella (2000)

Her works has been included in the following anthologies

  • El lugar de las palabras (Guayaquil, 1986)
  • El muro y la intemperie (Hanover, 1989), 
  • El libro de los abuelos (Guayaquil, 1990)
  • Así en la tierra como en los sueños (Quito, 1991)
  • ¡A que sí! (1993)
  • Cuento contigo (Guayaquil, 1993)
  • Veintiún cuentistas ecuatorianos (Quito, 1996)
  • Antología de narradoras ecuatorianas(Guayaquil 1997)
  • Cuento latinoamericano del siglo XXI (Mexico, 1997)
  • Dos veces buenos # 2. Más cuentos breves latinoamericanos (Buenos Aires, 1997)
  • Cruel Fictions, Cruel Realities: Short Stories by Latin American Women Writers (Pittsburgh, Latin American Literary Review Press, 1997)
  • 40 cuentos ecuatorianos (Guayaquil, 1997)
  • Antología básica del cuento ecuatoriano(Quito, 1998)
  • Cuento ecuatoriano de finales del siglo XX(Quito, 1999)
  • Cuento ecuatoriano contemporáneo (Mexico, 2001)
  • Gilda Holst: Obra Completa (Guayaquil, 2021)

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