Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco

About Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco

Who is it?: Novelist, Essayist, Historian
Birth Day: October 12, 1908
Birth Place: Guayaquil, Ecuador, Ecuadorian
Occupation: Novelist, Essayist, Journalist, Historian, Diplomat
Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco

Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco was born on October 12, 1908 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Ecuadorian, is Novelist, Essayist, Historian. Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco was an Ecuadorian writer, best known for his work as a novelist, essayist and journalist. His work also touched on the spheres of history and political science, with Pareja working as both an historian and a diplomat in addition to his primary work as a writer. He is seen as one of the founding fathers of a major 20th century Latin American movement, the so-called ‘Grupo de Guayaquil’. In recognition of his literary work, he received recognition from numerous literary societies, universities and cultural organizations as well as his own government. Pareja’s work has been connected to the work of others from the ‘Guayaquil Group’, such as José de la Cuadra, Joaquin Gallegos Lara, Demetrio Aguilera Malta and Enrique Gil Gilbert. In addition, critics have likened his work to that of other Latin American literary greats, such as Jorge Luis Borges, John Dos Passos and Julio Cortázar. He maintained personal connections with other major writers of his era, including a long-time correspondence with John Steinbeck. Aside from his prominence within the literary world, he held posts at several universities in Latin America and North America, lecturing in the departments of literature, politics and history.
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As per our current Database, Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco has been died on May 1, 1993(1993-05-01) (aged 84)\nQuito, Ecuador.

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Born October 12, 1908 (Guayaquil, Ecuador, Ecuadorian)
Birthday October 12
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Nationality Ecuadorian

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Pareja was born in Guayaquil Guayaquil in 1908, the son of Fernando Pareja y Pareja (1862-1919) and of Amalia Diez-Canseco y Coloma (1865–1945), daughter of the former Peruvian President Francisco Diez Canseco y Corbacho. He had to support his family from the age of 14, reading at night and assisting as a listener at the Colegio Vicente Rocafuerte. His early education was accomplished in his hometown: primary school at the Colegio San Luis Gonzaga of the Christian Brothers.


Pareja, of a conservative family, was part of a “socialist generation” in Ecuador. He lived through considerable political turmoil in the 1920s and concluded that his country’s salvation lay on the left side of the political spectrum. He denied, however, being a “left-winger” and insisted that he did not Desire to use the fiction writer’s art as an instrument of propaganda. Rather, he sought to simply and directly depict social conditions that called for redress, while denouncing those in power who were guilty of corruption and injustice. His first novel, La casa de los locos (1929), satirized Ecuadorian politics and attacked so many real people that publication was considerably delayed. Pareja attested to the strong influence of the Mexican Writer and Politician José Vasconcelos. Other major literary influences included the Greek Classics, Balzac, Dostoievski, Thomas Mann, Will Durant and Arnold Toynbee. Some critics have also detected the influence of Freud, Ehrenburg, Gide and Proust in him.


In 1930, Pareja embarked on a footloose adventure in the United States. As a result of the Great Depression he worked on the New York City docks for a year (his later novel El Muelle reflects these experiences). Back in Ecuador, he became a professor of history and of Spanish and Spanish American literature at Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte de Guayaquil. He also served as a Superintendent of Secondary Education and as a Deputy of Guayas Province. In 1934 he married his cousin, Mercedes Cucalón Concha niece of Carlos Concha Torres with whom he had three children, Cecilia, Jorge and Francisco.


Pareja's cycle of narrative fiction was marked by realism and a strong connection with the history of his country (El muelle [“The Pier”], 1933; Hombres sin tiempo [“Men Without Time”], 1941; Las tres ratas [The Three Rats], 1944). Having established a reputation as a Writer both inside and outside of Ecuador, in 1944 he published an important novel biography, The Barbaric Bonfire, about the actions and historical circumstances surrounding the life and death of General Eloy Alfaro. A new cycle of novels started in 1956 with La advertencia (“The Warning") and continued with El aire y los recuerdos (“Air and Memories”; 1959) and Los poderes omnímodos (“All-embracing Powers”; 1964). It was ambitious to describe the evolution of Ecuadorian society since 1925. Subsequently, he published the novel Las pequeñas estaturas ("Small Statures"; 1970) and authored an essay on “Thomas Mann and the New Humanism” (1956) and “Essays on Essays” (1981). (To date his works have not been translated into English.)


During the dictatorship of Federico Páez (1935–37), however, Pareja was incarcerated and ultimately exiled to Chile where he was employed by the Ercilla Publishing House. Returning to Ecuador, he became a member of the Assembly, but was jailed again by the regime of President Aurelio Mosquera Narvaez. (This 30-day detainment formed the basis of his novel, Hombres sin tiempo). He was Ecuador's chargé d'affaires in Mexico in 1944. In 1945 he became a special representative for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in Washington D.C. and later Montevideo and Buenos Aires for the Governments of México, Central America, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.


Between August 1979 and July 1980, during the government of President Jaime Roldós Aguilera, Pareja was appointed to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs. During the rule of Roldós's successor, President Osvaldo Hurtado, he served as Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Ambassador to Paris (1983–84).


After retirement, Pareja dedicated his time to historical research. He died in Quito on 1 May 1993.

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