Jorge Enrique Adoum

Jorge Enrique Adoum

Jorge Enrique Adoum was an Ecuadorian poet, novelist and playwright. He was born in Ambato, Ecuador on June 29, 1926 and died in Quito, Ecuador of heart failure on July 3, 2009. Adoum is best known for his poetry collections and his celebrated novel Entre Marx y una mujer desnuda (1976). He is regarded as one of Ecuador’s most important writers and intellectuals of the 20th century. In 1989 the President of Ecuador conferred on Adoum the Eugenio Espejo Award for his lifetime of literary work.

Personal life

Jorgenrique durante su estancia en Paris en 1976, posa junto con su hija Alejandra y los escritores argentino Julio Cortázar y Oswaldo Soriano.
Adoum (bottom right) with his daughter Alejandra (top left) and the Argentine writers Julio Cortázar (bottom left) and Osvaldo Soriano (top right), Paris 1976.

Awards

Work

Poetry:

  • Ecuador Amargo (1949)
  • Carta para Alejandra (1952)
  • Los Cuadernos de La Tierra: I. Los Orígenes, II. El Enemigo y la Mañana (1952)
  • Notas del Hijo Pródigo (1953)
  • Relato del Extranjero (1955)
  • Los Cuadernos de la Tierra: III. Dios Trajo la Sombra (1959)
  • Los Cuadernos de la Tierra: IV. El Dorado y las Ocupaciones Nocturnas (1961)
  • Informe Personal Sobre la Situación (1975)
  • No Son Todos Los Están (1979)
  • Poesía Viva del Ecuador (1990)
  • Disinterred Love (2012) a collection of poems translated into English by Katherine M. Hedeen and Victor Rodriguez Nunez

Novels:

  • Entre Marx y Una Mujer Desnuda (1976)
  • Ciudad sin Ángel (1995)
  • Los Amores Fugaces (1997)

Essays:

  • Ecuador: Señas Particulares (2000)
  • De cerca y de memoria (2002)

Theater:

  • El sol bajo las patas de los caballos (1970) (English trans., The Sun Trampled Beneath the Horses’ Hooves, 1974, by Arthur McMurray and Robert Marquez)

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