Manuel Scorza

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Manuel Scorza
Novelist and Poet Manuel Scorza
Novelist and Poet Manuel Scorza
BornSeptember 9, 1928
Lima, Peru
DiedNovember 27, 1983(1983-11-27) (aged 55)
Mejorada del Campo, Madrid, Spain
OccupationNovelist, Poet, Political activist

Manuel Scorza (September 9, 1928 – November 27, 1983) was an important Peruvian novelist, poet, and political activist, exiled under the regime of Manuel Odría. He was born in Lima.

Life and career[edit]

Scorza was a member of a student group affiliated with the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) called The Poets of the People (Spanish: Los Poetas Del Pueblo).[1]

He is best known for the series of five novels, known collectively as "The Silent War," that began with Redoble por Rancas (1970). All five have been translated into more than forty languages, including English.

He died when his plane, Avianca Flight 011, crashed on approach to Madrid's Barajas Airport after striking a series of hilltops. The crash killed 181 passengers, including Mexican novelist and playwright Jorge Ibargüengoitia, Uruguayan writer, academic, and literary critic Ángel Rama, and Argentinian art critic Marta Traba.[2]


  • Las Imprecaciones (1955)
  • Los adioses (1959)
  • Desengaños del mago (1961)
  • Poesía amorosa (1963)
  • El vals de los reptiles (1970)
  • Poesía incompleta (1970)
  • "The Silent War" novels:
    Redoble por Rancas (1970) (Drums for Rancas, translated by Edith Grossman, 1977)
    Historia de Garabombo el Invisible (1972) (Garabombo, the Invisible, translated by Anna-Marie Aldaz, 1994)
    El Jinete Insomne (1977) (The Sleepless Rider, translated by Anna-Marie Aldaz, 1996)
    Cantar de Agapito Robles (1977) (The Ballad of Agapito Robles, translated by Anna-Marie Aldaz, 1999)
    La Tumba del Relámpago (1979) (Requiem for a Lightning Bolt, translated by Anna-Marie Aldaz, 2000)
  • La danza inmóvil (1983)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Verushka Alvizuri (2009). La construcción de la aymaridad: una historia de la etnicidad en Bolivia (1952-2006). Editorial El País. p. 104. ISBN 978-99954-39-75-0.
  2. ^ Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents: 1980s
  • Hernández, Consuelo. "Crónica, historiografía e imaginación en las novelas de Manuel Scorza." Beyond Indigenous Voices. Laila/Alila 11th International Symposium on Latin American Indian literatures. Edited by Mary H. Preuss. Pennsylvania State University. 1996. pp. 143–150.

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