He had to support his family from the age of 14, reading at night and assisting as a listener at the Colegio Vicente Rocafuerte. His early education was accomplished in his hometown: primary school at the Colegio San Luis Gonzaga of the Christian Brothers. In , Pareja embarked on a footloose adventure in the United States. As a result of the Great Depression he worked on the New York City docks for a year his later novel El Muelle reflects these experiences. Returning to Ecuador, he became a member of the Assembly, but was jailed again by the regime of President Aurelio Mosquera Narvaez.
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He is best known for his socialist leanings and his contributions to twentieth-century Spanish American literature. His mother was the daughter of the one-time president of Peru, Francisco Diez Canseco. His family were socially well of all though not overly wealthy. In , Pareja set off to the United States of America. He travelled the country and spent a year working on the docks in New York City. While there he witnessed the ravages of the Great Depression and this would influence his worldview and his literature.
He returned to Ecuador and became a professor of Spanish and American literature and history. As well as his professorship he was given a position in charge of the secondary education of his province. He wanted to use his writing to highlight the social ills at work in his homeland. Although he supported socialist ideologies, Pareja would often deny he was left-wing or that his writing propagated such ideologies.
A second novel, The Pier, was published in and told of his experience working in America. His novels were rich with satire of Ecuadorian politics. He spent his exile in Chile. He returned to Ecuador in and became a member of the national assembly. However, he was again arrested and detained for a month. The time in prison formed the basis of the novel, Men Without Time. Alfaro had been a general in the Ecuadorian army. He had led the countries liberal revolution and fought against religious control of the country.
Catholic zealots ultimately assassinated him. Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco served as an envoy to Mexico in and became a representative of the United Nations in Pareja worked with the Ecuadorian government following the Second World War to improve education across the continent. He became Minister for Foreign Affairs in Throughout his career, Pareja worked with a group of writers based around his local province.
These writers all shared a broadly socialist outlook. He was also influenced by outside writers, most notably Balzac and Steinbeck the latter which he exchanged correspondence with. Try The Karma Quiz Now!! Together they had three children, Jorge, Cecilia, and Francisco. Pareja died on 1 May
Alfredo Pareja Díez-Canseco
He had to support his family from the age of 14, reading at night and assisting as a listener at the Colegio Vicente Rocafuerte. His early education was accomplished in his hometown: primary school at the Colegio San Luis Gonzaga of the Christian Brothers. In , Pareja embarked on a footloose adventure in the United States. As a result of the Great Depression he worked on the New York City docks for a year his later novel El Muelle reflects these experiences.
Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco, un novelista de profesión