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Jorge Enrique Adoum

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Jorge Enrique Adoum (Ambato, June 29, 1926 – Quito, July 3, 2009) was an Ecuadorian writer, poet, politician, and diplomat. He was one of the major exponents of Latin American poetry. Social concerns were always present in his work.

Jorge Enrique Adoum was born in Ambato, Ecuador in 1926 of Lebanese ancestry. He wrote close to 30 books and 3 novels.
Adoum's father was Jorge Elías Francisco Adoum (1897-1958), and his mother was Juana Auad Barciona (died 1953). His father Francisco Adoum was Lebanese and migrated to Ecuador where he made Arabic-to-Spanish translations, painted, sculpted, composed music, practiced natural medicine, and wrote more than 40 volumes on occult ... more »

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The Exhumed

If you were saying, if you were wondering from where
it came, who it is, where it lives, it could not
speak but of death, of substances
long decomposed and of which only
images remain; if you ask again,
it would say to pass the room at the back
of the house, that keeps destroying lips
like whips, faces, useful and useless
remains and of transitory relatives
in its simple seclusion.
But who could still
mark the place of birth, who
at the crossroads of the rooms, finds
the door through which the path was wrong?

Behind its blind enclosure, the ...

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