Country:

Santo-Domingo

 

General Presentation:

 

He was born in Santo-Domingo on August 13th 1936. Narrator, poet, essayist, literary critic, archeologist and anthropologist. He passed his A-Level in 1957 at « Hostos » School. Then, he got a bachelor in Philosophy and Humanities at the Santo-Domingo Autonomous University (UASD- 1962) and a PHd in History of America at Madrid’s University (1970. He also followed studies in journalism at Quito, in Ecuador.

He was Sub-minister of Culture, Research Department Director at Museum of the Dominican Man, Anthropology and History Department Director at UASD, Director Founder of the Cultural Extension Department in this same university and Director of Las Casas Reales. In addition, he also had the function of Ambassador in Mexico, Peru and Roma.

Among the different rewards he received for his work, are included:

  • National Poetry Prize (1961) with Intus;
  • National Novel Prize (1962) with El buen ladrón;
  • National Novel Prize (1981) with La biografía difusa de Sombra Castañeda;
  • National Storytelling Prize (1981) with La fértil agonía del amor;
  • National Novel Prize (1990) with Materia prima;
  • National Novel Prize (1992) with Ritos de Cabaret;
  • National literature Prize (1996)
  • National Book Fare Prize (1997) with Trujillo, Villa Francisca y otros fantasmas.

A part of his work has been translated in English, Italian, French and German. It is one of the contemporary Dominican writers the more prolific and distributed at a national and international level.

Main works

Literary:

El sol y las cosas (1957)
El buen ladrón (1960)
Creonte y seis relatos (1961)
Intus (Premio Nacional de Poesía 1962)
El prófugo (1962)
Judas - El buen ladrón (Premio Nacional de Novela 1962)
La vida no tiene nombre (1965)
Los ángeles de hueso (1966)
Cultura, teatro y relatos en Santo Domingo (1969)
De abril en adelante (1975)
Sobre cultura dominicana (1977)
De dónde vino la gente (1978)
Sobre cultura y política cultural en la República Dominicana (1980)
La biografía difusa de Sombra Castañeda (Premio Nacional de Novela 1981)
La Fértil agonía del amor (Premio Nacional de Cuento 1981)
La palabra reunida (1981)
Apearse la máscara (1986)
Florbella (1986)
Cuentos, recuentos y casicuentos (1986)
Poemas en ciernes y Retorno a la palabra (1986)
Materia prima (Premio Anual de Novela 1990)
Ritos de cabaret (Premio Anual de Novela 1992)
El Jefe iba descalzo (1993)
Trujillo, Villa Francisca y otros fantasmas (1996)

 

Anthropological and scientific:

There is a twenties of publications in which:
Arqueología prehistórica de Santo Domingo (1972)
Medio ambiente y adaptación humana en la prehistoria de Santo Domingo (primer volumen en 1976 y el segundo en 1977)
Las sociedades arcaicas de Santo Domingo (1980)
La arqueología de la vida cotidiana (1981)
Panorama histórico del Caribe precolombino (1990)
La fundación de la Villa de Santo Domingo (en colaboración con Elpidio Ortega, 1991)
La isla de Santo Domingo antes de Colón (1993)
Arqueología della escoperta colombiana (Italia, 1994)
Barril sin fondo -antropología para curiosos- (1996)

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