Yunga (book) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yunga is a book of stories by the Ecuadorian writer Enrique Gil Gilbert, published in Guayaquil in 1933 by the Editorial Trópico de la Imprenta de la Sociedad Filantrópica del Guayas.[1]The volume was written between 1931 and 1932 during the author’s stay in Chojampe, Guayaquil and Riobamba, and is composed of five stories, among which the most notable are The black Santander, in which he narrates the abuses committed against the laborers who worked in the construction of the Transandino Railroad tracks.[2]The Ecuadorian writer Miguel Donoso Pareja called the book “realism of the best law.”[3]

As in the Gil Gilbert stories included in the volume Those who leave (1930),[3]The stories of Yunga they show a strong sense of social denunciation in favor of excluded groups.[2]Although unlike his early stories, in which he concentrated on the figures of the cholo and the montuvio, in Yunga It also includes the experience of indigenous and black people.[3]

Etymologically, the word yunga is a Quechua word that means “hot land” and is used to designate the lowest and warmest areas of the Andean valleys.[1][4]

The book includes the following stories:[3]


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