9 junio, 2024

Iván Égüez: who he was, biography, style and works

Who is Iván Egüez?

Ivan Eguez (1944) is an Ecuadorian writer, internationally famous for his essays, novels and poetry. He has contributed to the dissemination of literature in Ecuador, using the Eugenio Espejo Corporation as a platform, a family cultural project with which he has been closely related.

He achieved recognition as a novelist with the publication of the linares in 1975, a work that earned him the Aurelio Espinosa Pólit National Prize for Literature, awarded by the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. However, Égüez was already known at that time for his work as a poet, with already published texts.

Iván Égüez has served as director of the Eugenio Espejo National Campaign for Books and Reading. He was also director of Culture at the Central University of Ecuador and a jury member for the Casa de las Américas Award in 1979. Currently, he is the director of the Casa Égüez Cultural Center.

Biography of Iván Egüez

early years

He was born on December 27, 1944 in Quito, Ecuador. His parents were Gustavo Égüez and Clema Rivera. His grandfather, Alejandro Égüez, was a merchant who imported men’s items.

The author assured in an interview that his birthplace was where the building known as the Najas Palace is currently located, which houses the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry of Ecuador, which at that time was a house that belonged to his family.

Égüez attended elementary school at the Espejo School, a basic education institution in the area, but which, according to the writer from Quito, was very complete, since it had a library, a movie theater, laboratories, recreational and sports spaces that were comfortable enough for the students.

He studied journalism at the Central University of Ecuador. In that same house of studies, he was later appointed as administrator of the Department of Culture and Diffusion.

Égüez is the brother of the Ecuadorian plastic artist Pavel Égüez.

literary beginnings

Ivan Égüez was interested in literature from a very young age, in fact, while studying journalism, he began to be part of a group of young writers and students known as Los Tzántzicos. He later formed part of the Editorial Board of the magazine The Scarf of the Sun.

He was a contributor to publications such as arguments and Annals. By the mid-1970s, he already had several published works, among them, Catapult Caliber and shrink is what-it-was.

However, his real recognition came with the publication of his novel The Linares, which earned him the 1976 Aurelio Espinosa Pólit National Award.

Some of the circumstances that led this novel to be so recognized was that the prize, awarded by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, had been won by a story that had a prostitute as its central character.

Iván Égüez’s work gained its own fame for its innovative narrative and for raising a topic that, despite being part of everyday realities, was not commonly addressed in national literature. Finally, the linares It has been published in approximately 18 editions and its author has established himself internationally.


Since the 1970s, when he published the linares, Égüez has published more than six novels. He also made short narrative works and continued to write poetry.

This Ecuadorian author was a jury member for the Casa de las Américas Award in 1979. He has also worked as director of the Eugenio Espejo National Campaign for Books and Reading since 2002.

His work has been included in various anthologies. He has also served as editor of the literary magazine Rocinante, official publication of the aforementioned campaign.

Eugenio Espejo Corporation

The Eugenio Espejo Corporation has been a family project to which the Égüez have dedicated a joint effort. From this initiative emerged the Eugenio Espejo National Campaign for Books and Reading on November 30, 1998. It was conceived and is directed by Égüez.

In addition to publications, such as rocinante and fool, or the Rocinante Library, there is another very interesting project undertaken by the author, which is called Casa Égüez Cultural Center.

In the spaces of this center different activities are carried out, among which are events, workshops and especially the promotion of reading in society. Casa Égüez is based in the América neighborhood of Quito, known for its intense cultural activity.

Initiatives have been promoted from there, such as the La Linares short novel award. The cultural center is run by the Égüez family.

Literary style

Regarding the literary style of Iván Égüez, it has been said that the writer was able to create a mixture between anecdotal and popular language to produce an approach to reality in the reader, despite using a mixture between fiction and history that was not anchored in localisms. .

His work is also considered rich in terms of narrative, since it has distorted times. In addition, his best-known novel, the linaresIt has a baroque structure.

Iván himself considers that a change occurred in the authors of his generation in which they left behind the use of narrative solely as an excuse to talk about social or political problems, and were able to dedicate themselves to experimenting with the literary tools they had.



the linares (1975).
Bird the memory (1985).
The power of the great lord (1985).
sonata for the deaf (1999).
Lyrics for salsa with a sharp ending (2005).
Imago (2010).
Juggling in your ink (2013).


the triple jump (1981).
animates turkeyr (1990).
mild stories (nineteen ninety five).
innocent tales (nineteen ninety six).
fantastic tales (1997).
gypsy tales (1997).
brief awareness (2009).


catapult caliber (1969).
The public arena and Loquera is what-it-was (1972).
hustler deathraff (1975).
poem (1981).
the forgetful (1992).
Free love (1999).


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