Ciro Alegría Biography

Author, Activist (1909–1967)
Ciro Alegria was a Peruvian novelist who wrote about the struggles of the Peruvian Indians, and whose militant pro-Indian activism led to his arrest and exile.


Peruvian novelist Ciro Alegria was born on November 4, 1909, in Saltimbanca, Peru. His novels depicted the struggles of Peruvian Indians trying to survive in the Peruvian highlands against the greed of land-hungry white men. A collection of short fiction was his last work. In 1930, Alegria became an militant agitator for pro-Indian social reform, which led to his arrest and exile to Chile. He died in Lima, Peru, on February 17, 1967.

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