Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera

Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera

Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera (Santa Ana, June 24, 1931 – June 9, 2012) was a poet, writer, professor, cultural promoter, former mayor of Portoviejo, and former president of the House of Ecuadorian Culture in Manabí. Hidrovo was a literature professor at the Civil University Eloy Alfaro of Manabí (Portoviejo Ecuador). He authored over 20 books, including poetry, novels and essays. In 2009 Hidrovo was awarded the Eugenio Espejo Prize in the Cultural Activities category. Some of Hidrovo’s poems have been translated into English and Portuguese. Hidrovo’s father was the celebrated writer Horacio Hidrovo Velásquez (1902-1962).

Awards and acknowledgements

  • Benjamín Carrión National Award, National Council of Culture, Quito.
  • Ismael Pérez Pazmiño National Poetry Competition Award, newspaper El Universo.
  • National Decoration for Cultural Merit; government Dr. Rodrigo Borja.
  • National Decoration for Literary Merit; president Oswaldo Hurtado.
  • National Award for Cultural Merit; president Sixto Durán.
  • Decoration of the National Congress; President Fabian Alarcón.
  • 2009 National Eugenio Espejo Award; President Rafael Correa.
  • Eloy Alfaro decoration. Provincial Council of Manabí.
  • Best Citizen Award; Municipality of Portoviejo.
  • Citizen Merit Award; Municipality of Santa Ana.

Videos

Video of Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera

Interview with Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera Part 1

Interview with Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera Part 2

Pictures

Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera’s parents were the writer Horacio Hidrovo Velásquez (1902-1962) and Lila Peñaherrera Encalada who were married in 1928. His father’s best known novel is “Un hombre y un río” (A Man and A River) (1957).

Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera’s daughter is the author, historian and politician Tatiana Hidrovo Quiñónez (born in Portoviejo, 1961). She was a Constituent Assemblywoman (2007-2008) when the constituent assembly was in charge of drafting a new constitution for Ecuador, which passed with a record vote of around 534,000. She’s affiliated with PAIS Alliance, an Ecuadorian social democratic political party.

Statue of Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera sitting on a bench.
Statue of Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera sitting on a bench in Parque Las Vegas (Las Vegas Park), Portoviejo, Ecuador.

Works

  • El montonero de Montecristi (1992)
  • Jinetes en la noche (1948)
  • Historia de la literatura manabita (1974)
  • Se vende una ciudad: novela (1979)
  • La usurpación de la tierra en América Latina (1991)
  • Esperanza y desesperanza del montubio manabita (1991)
  • Tauras o muertos que estan vivos (1985)
  • Dimensión del dolor: poesía (1951)
  • La mujer que nació así: novela (1982)
  • Canto junto al fuego de los siglos (1978)
  • Manzanas para los niños del mundo: poesía (1973)
  • Los pájaros son hijos del viento: poesía (1987)
  • La danza de los ángeles (2004)
  • La novela (1975)
  • La montaña (2003)
  • Las huelas de tus sandalias (1974)
  • La soledad es un domingo largo (2007)
  • La novela manabita y su identidad regional: ensayo (1979)
  • Album fotográfico de Manabí (1998) with Tatiana Hidrovo Quiñónez
  • La maravillosa sensación de vivir (2001)

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