The winner of Mexico's prestigious Juan Rulfo prize for literature, Julio Ramón Ribeyro spent many years as the Peruvian ambassador to UNESCO in Paris, where he wrote many of his stories. In this piece from La Palabra del Mudo (The Word of the Mute), Ribeyro tells the tale of Professor Manrique, who returns to Ayacucho, or "the Corner of the Dead" in Quechua, to fulfill a task. There, he decides that Olga, the Englishwoman, and Miss Evans, the schoolteacher, are actually the same person. Through his limpid prose, Ribeyro demonstrates the meaning of profound loss. In Spanish.
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