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Adalberto Ortiz


Adalberto Ortiz (1914-2003) was a novelist, poet and diplomat born in Esmeraldas, a province of Ecuador.

Ortiz's thematic focused around the identity of the afro-American within Latin-American society and its struggle towards social freedom, against oppression and secular exploitation. His body of work also preserves and rescues the elements of the psychology, idiosyncrasy, customs and slang of the afro-American culture.

Facing the subject of the difference between classes, Ortiz used his characters to personalize and flesh out these political themes into very human and realistic stories. A specific point he touches in the novel Juyungo, for example, is the relationship of the Black and Mestizo races (personified by Lastre's descendant and the Mestizo Diaz).

Related websites

Monsters and the Monstruous, the second session analyses "La Tunda" by Ortiz

"Los Ojos Y La Fea", a PDF ebook of one of Ortiz's short stories

Exhaustive Spanish biography

Complete Spanish biography by Rodolfo Perez Pimentel

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