Octavio Cordero Palacios

Octavio Cordero Palacios

Octavio Cordero Palacios was a writer, playwright, poet, lawyer, judge, politician, mathematician, translator, teacher and inventor. He was born in Santa Rosa, Azuay on May 3, 1870 and died on December 17, 1930. Among his plays are Gazul (1890), Los Hijos de Atahualpa (1891) and Los Borrachos (1892). Today the town in which he was born bears his name.


  • Gazul (1890), read it for free: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
  • Los Hijos de Atahualpa (1891)
  • Los Borrachos (1892)
  • Vida de Abdón Calderón (1916), a biography of the legendary young hero of the Battle of Pichincha. Read it for free here.
  • De Potencia a Potencia (1922)
  • El Quechua y el Cañari (1923),  a philological study of Quechua and Cañari languages, with a Cañari Dictionary, which was awarded “La Palma de Oro” Prize
  • El Azuay Histórico
  • Protomebamba y sus Crónicas Documentadas para la Historia de Cuenca (1924)
  • La Poesía de Ciencia (1929)


  • El Cuervo, a Spanish translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.
  • Rapsodias Clásicas, a Spanish translation of works by Virgil and Horace.

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