Sergio Nuñez

Sergio Núñez Santamaría

Sergio Núñez Santamaría (Santa Rosa, Ambato, October 7, 1896 – Quito, 1982) was a novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, literary critic and pedagogue. As a poet, he wrote in verse and prose, and was greatly influenced by the modernismo literary movement of Ruben Dario of Nicaragua. In 1918 he published his first poetry book, “Hostias de fuego,” with a prologue by Medardo Ángel Silva. He belonged to the “30 Generation,” a group of authors from the 1930’s Ecuador who used social realism in their fiction to denounce how Indians were treated in Ecuador. His novellas “Juego de hacienda” and “Circunferencia” are considered Indigenista fiction. A private school in Guayaquil bears his name.

Parentage

He was born to Antonio Núñez and Carmen Santamaría in 1896.

“Group of Brothers” literary group

He formed part of the group of poets called “Grupo de los hermanos” (“Group of Brothers”), comprised of Medardo Ángel Silva, Rubén Irigoyen, Enrique Segovia, Aurora Estrada y Ayala, Joaquín Pino de Icaza, Granado, Gernazo and others.

Works

Short story

  • Tierra de lobos (Quito, 1934)
  • Novelas del páramo y la cordillera (Quito, 1934) – a collection of 6 short stories.

Novel

  • Un pedagogo terrible o el vientre de una revolución (1927)
  • Árbol que no da fruto (Quito, 1929)
  • Juego de hacienda, Circunferencia –póstumas- (Quito, 1992). Read a preview for free here.

Poetry

  • Hostias de fuego (1918)
  • Aurora boreal (1920)
  • Visiones y ultravisiones de tierra adentro (1948; poetry and prose)
  • A Bolivar en la Gloria: sonata en prosa (1952)

Biography

  • Un hombre y su época ante la Historia (1952)
  • Grandes hombres del Ecuador (1980)
  • Figuras estelares de America

Literary Criticism

  • Nueva historia crítica de la literatura española (1957)

Memoir

  • Los ríos del tiempo.

Plays

  • La flor de Pichaví
  • Ecos de una serenata
  • El banquete de la tierra
  • Telaraña
  • Rescoldo
  • La señora se divierte
  • Laberinto

Anthologies

  • La poesía que vuelve (Selección antológica)
  • Las cien mejores poesías ecuatorianas
  • Poemas de concentración y de concejal
  • Los buitres hambrientos
His work has been included in the following anthology of short stories:
  • Antología básica del cuento ecuatoriano (Quito, 1998).

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