He was also successful in other genres: novel , essay , theater , diary and aphorism. His work has been translated into numerous languages , including English. The characters in his stories, often autobiographical and usually written in simple but ironic language, tend to end up with their hopes cruelly dashed.
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But despite its apparent pessimism , Ribeyro's work is often comic , its humor springing from both the author's sense of irony and the accidents that befall his protagonists. A collection was published under the title La palabra del mudo The Word of the Mute.
Ribeyro was born in Lima on August 31, His family was middle class, but in earlier generations had belonged to the upper class, counting among his ancestors some illustrious figures in Peruvian culture and politics, mostly of a conservative and "civilist" trend. In his childhood he lived in Santa Beatriz, a middle-class Lima neighborhood, and then moved to Miraflores , residing in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, close to Huaca Pucllana.
He went to school in the Champagnat School of Miraflores. He was deeply affected by the death of his father which also created a dire economic situation for his family.
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He began his writing career with the short story The Grey Life which was published in the magazine Correo Bolivariano in In he won a journalism fellowship awarded by the Institute of Hispanic Culture, which allowed him to travel to Spain.
He traveled by ship to Barcelona and from there went to Madrid , where he spent a year and studied at the Complutense University in that city. He also wrote some short stories and articles. By the end of his fellowship in , he traveled to Paris to prepare a thesis on French literature at the Sorbonne University.
By then he had written his first book Los gallinazos sin plumas The featherless buzzards , a collection of short stories on urban issues, regarded as one of his most successful pieces of narrative writing.
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There, he decided to drop out and remained in Europe doing odd jobs, alternating his stay in France with brief periods in Germany and Belgium. It was in Munich between and , where he wrote his first novel, Chronicle of San Gabriel.
He returned to Paris and then traveled to Antwerp in , where he worked in a factory of photography products. In , he returned to Germany and spent some time in Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt.
During his European stay he had to take on many trades to survive, including those of newspapers recycling, concierge, loader on the subway, seller of printing materials, among others. He returned to Lima in He was appointed as a professor at the National University of San Cristobal de Huamanga in Ayacucho, and instigated the creation of the Institute for Popular Culture, in In , he returned to Paris, where he worked as a journalist for ten years, Agence France Press.
He married Alida Lamb and they had one child. In , he operated a first lung cancer, caused by their addiction to cigarettes as a result of which he received a long treatment.
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Inspired by this experience, he wrote a book entitled "Only for smokers". Generous with his friends and with young writers, Ribeyro never had enemies and was always very appreciated by his contemporaries. Ribeyro criticized Vargas Llosa for supporting the conservative sectors of the country, which according to him meant he was opposing the emergence of the popular classes.
Vargas Llosa answered in his memoir A Fish in the Water , by pointing out what he considered Ribeyro's lack of consistency, which made him appear subservient to every single government so as to maintain his diplomatic appointment in Unesco. However, apart from this embarrassing episode, Vargas Llosa has consistently praised the literary work of Ribeyro, whom he considers as one of the great storytellers in Spanish.
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The relationship between the two authors, who shared flat in Paris was otherwise complex and full of mysteries. His last years were spent traveling between Europe and Peru.
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In the last year of his life he had decided to remain definitely in his homeland in Peru. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. El dedo en la llaga. Retrieved This article needs additional citations for verification.
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