Twentieth-century Peruvian author known for his pessimistic, autobiographical short stories. His stories were published collectively as La palabra del mudo (The Word of the Mute).
He studied both literature and law at the Universidad Catolica in Lima, Peru. He published his first short story collection, Los gallinazos sin plumas, in 1954.
His literary works are marked by irony and dark humor.
He was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He died in his sixties after smoking for decades.
His work has been compared to that of American author Kurt Vonnegut.