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]

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.[1]


  • 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]


  • 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.

External links[edit]

  • Biography
  • "Sobre la irrealidad total, he puesto la realidad absoluta" (Interview, 1979)
  • Wise, David O. (1983). "Writing for Fewer and Fewer: Peruvian Fiction 1979-1980". Latin American Research Review. Latin American Studies Association. 18 (1): 189–200. ISSN 1542-4278. JSTOR 2502866 – via JSTOR. (Registration required (help)).