Alegría, Ciro

Alegría, Ciro

(sē`rō älāgrē`ä), 1909–67, Peruvian novelist. Imprisoned several times for his political activities, Alegría was exiled to Chile in 1934. He gained fame with his novel La serpiente de oro (1935, tr. The Golden Serpent, 1943). In 1941 he won the Latin American Novel Prize for El mundo es ancho y ajeno (tr. Broad and Alien Is the World, 1941), which depicts the exploitation of the Native Americans by the whites.

Alegría, Ciro


Born Nov. 4, 1909, in Sartibamba; died Feb. 18, 1967, in Lima. Peruvian writer.

Alegría was a representative of the so-called Indianistic novel of Latin America. His novels The Golden Serpent (1935), Hungry Dogs (1939), and Big and Alien Is the World (1941; Russian translation, 1944), which depict the life of the Indian population of Peru, are filled with social protest. The last of these novels describes the tragedy of an Indian community whose land has been taken away and ends with a scene of an uprising.


Novelas completas. Madrid, 1959.


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