Jorge Icaza

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Icaza, Jorge


Born July 10, 1906. Ecuadorian writer.

Icaza began his literary activity as a playwright. His novels Huasipungo (1934; abridged Russian translation, 1935), In the Streets (\915; Russian translations, 1938, 1963), Cholos (1937), A Half Century in the Dark (1942), and Do-Nothing Romero y Flores (1958) and the collections of short stories Mud of the Sierra (1933) and Six Times Dead (1952) are devoted to the life of the Indians and to acute social conflicts. A tense, dynamic quality, the introduction of Indian dialect speech, and traits of naturalism are characteristic of Icaza’s realistic works.


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The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Entre sus traducciones se puede citar Huasipungo de Jorge Icaza (1986), Noticias del imperio de Fernando Del Paso (1994) y La piel del cielo de Elena Poniatowska (2002).
In the larger context of the Latin American literary canon, the nation is known primarily for novelists and short story writers such as Demetrio Aguilera Malta (1909-81), Jose de la Cuadra (1903-41), and Jorge Icaza (1906-78), the author of Huasipungo (1931), considered the finest example of Ecuadorian relating to the oppression of Afro-Ecuadorians, economic exploitation, and class struggle: themes that both reflect his Marxist ideology (he spent long periods in both the Soviet Union and China) and his position as a black man within the context of Ecuadorian society.
(2) Asimismo, la concepcion ontologica de la historia ofrece mayor complejidad, pues el hecho de que el protagonista tenga un hermano gemelo inscribe el problema en la logica del dioscurismo, comun en la literatura occidental e, incluso, ya presente en la novela latinoamericana de tema indigena; especificamente, en Huairapamushcas (1948) de Jorge Icaza. (3) Ese formato de fragmentacion del personaje indigena en dos mitades permite, en esencia, plantear en dicotomia el aspecto de las relaciones con la naturaleza.