Ricardo Sumalavia

LIMA, PERU, 1968

Professor at the Catholic University of Peru and coordinator of its Center for Oriental Studies. He lived for a time in South Korea, where he worked as a teacher. Presently he is teaching at L’Université Michel de Montaigne- Bordeaux 3, France. He has also authored three volumes of short stories: Habitaciones [Rooms] (1993); Retratos familiares [Family Portraits] (2001), and Enciclopedia mínima (2004).

"An intelligent writer who manages the little details with uncommon mastery.

In his work, humour and tragedy combine incredibly naturally."

Enrique Vila-Matas

"Ricardo Sumalavia writes in captivating prose

with a unique delicacy."

Santiago Roncagliolo



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By Ricardo Sumalavia

  • It’s Not Us

    NOVEL, 2017

    The main character in this book sets out for home after a ten year absence, wondering whether his life is determined by fate. Amid his uncertainty, he clings to the only things that really count:...

  • While the Body Flees

    NOVEL, 2012

    In the last days of Fujimori's government, ex-lieutenant Apolo suddenly finds his life dedicated to private investigation after a fraudulent clean-up initiative sees hundreds of policemen...

  • Let the Earth Lie Light on You

    NOVEL, 2008

    This short novel essentially presents two stories: César’s, that of a man searching for his brother (Fefer the Dwarf) in the absurd, brothel-like city of Lima; and that of a young...

  • Enciclopedia mínima


  • Retratos familiares


  • Habitaciones


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