Óscar Colchado Lucio is considered an emblem of Peruvian literature. (Nancy Dueñas/House of Literature)
Peruvian writer Óscar Colchado Lucio, author of the well-known literary saga Cholito and the novel Rosa Cuchillo, has died at the age of 75, reported the House of Literature.
“He leaves us as a legacy a work that summarizes his sensitivity for the Andean world, as well as that of the coast and the country. In 2018 she received the Casa de la Literatura Award in recognition of her literary career, ”wrote the cultural center on its Twitter account.
In addition to the renowned Cholito saga, which narrates the adventures of an Andean child, he also published the books La tarde de toros (1974), From the sea to the city (1981), Cordillera Negra (1985), Camino de zorro (1987), Towards Hanaq Pacha (1989), Men of the Sea (2011) and The House on El Pino Hill (2013).
“Óscar Colchado Lucio, author of the magnificent novel Rosa Cuchillo (1997), has passed away. He expressed with his own accent the complex Andean world and its interactions with migration and the sea. Austere and kind. I remember him smiling and enjoying a tequila. May the earth be light to you”, said Marcel Velázquez, main professor at the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) and author of Children of the plague.
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“We regret the sensitive death of the Ancashino writer Óscar Colchado Lucio (1947-2023), who in 1983 won the Copé Short Story Award with his work: Cordillera Negra. We extend our condolences to his family and to those who had the privilege of knowing him, ”said the Petroperú Cultural Center.
Óscar Colchado Lucio was born on November 14, 1947 in the town of Huallanca, in the mountains of the Áncash region. When he was a child he moved with his family to Chimbote where he finished primary and secondary school.
He studied Education, specializing in Language and Literature, at the Escuela Normal Superior Indoamérica, in Chimbote. Due to his passion for letters, he founded the Isla Blanca literary group and the Alborada magazine.
In 1983 he moved permanently to Lima with his wife and two daughters. In 1980, settled in the Peruvian capital, he published Cholito in the footsteps of Lucero, the first issue of the children’s saga that would make him recognized in Peruvian letters.
In 2018, he received the Casa de la Literatura Peruana Award in recognition of his literary career “for having renewed his gaze on the Andean world, attracting the interest of all types of readers (children, youth and adults, academics and neophytes)”.
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“When I write, I get the idea that I am telling a friend. I’m not thinking that an enlightened reader will read it. I tell my friend and I do it in the most direct way, taking into account that he is understanding me and that he is surely liking it,” he said in an interview with Peru21 after receiving the award, which was previously awarded to figures such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Oswaldo Reynoso, Carmen Ollé, Leoncio Bueno, among others.
In 2021, Rosa Cuchillo, the most representative novel by Colchado Lucio, published for the first time in 1997, was published as a graphic novel under the Random Comics imprint. The book was illustrated by Daniel Gamarra.
The novel is about how Rosa Wanka enters the “Uku Pacha”, the Andean world of the dead, to look for her son Liborio, who in life had been recruited by Sendero Luminoso.
In 2022, the independent publisher Hipatia published Óscar Colchado Lucio, the portraitist of the mountain ranges, an exhaustive investigative work by the writer and journalist Angie Anticona Alegre.
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