Ecuadorian novelist, essayist, journalist, and diplomat who was a founding member of the Grupo de Guayaquil, a prominent literary association. His famous, politically-themed works include La casa de los locos, El muelle, and Las tres ratas.
He was a dock worker in New York City for a year. Later, he returned to his native Ecuador, where he became a professor of history and Spanish.
He was appointed Chancellor of the Republic and served as Foreign Minister of Ecuador.
He married his cousin, Mercedes Cucalon Concha, in 1934. The couple had three children.
He was a contemporary of American beatnik author Jack Kerouac.