Biography of Enrique Gómez Carrillo (1873-1927)

Chronicler, novelist and Guatemalan essayist, born in Guatemala City in 1873 and died in Paris in 1927.

He soon stood out as chronicler in Guatemala. He/She collaborated in the the evening mail, addressed to Rubén Darío, until 1890. Lived long seasons in Madrid and Paris, and traveled all over the world. In the capital of Spain he/she published his first book titled sketches and collaborated in the liberal, who became director in 1916. Subsequently, he/she worked also in other newspapers such as ABC, Buenos Aires and Havana Navy journal, reason won the Montyon from the French Academy Award with the novel in the heart of the tragedy (1917). He/She lived as a Bohemian and led an intense love life, which related him, among other women, with Mata Hari.

Highlights of his work are the Chronicles of his travels, which said verbatim: ".. .yo don't seek never in travel books the soul of the countries that I'm interested in." "What I seek is something more frivolous, more subtle, more positive: the feeling".

His Chronicles include the charming soul of Paris (1902), the heroic and gallant Japan (1912), the smile of the Sphinx (1913), Jerusalem and the Holy Land (1914), the charm of Buenos Aires (1914), the eternal Greece and the current Russia (1920) and views of Europe (1919).

In 1922 he/she published his most representative novel titled the Gospel of love, work set in Byzantium in which mixes religious and the heroic and descriptions of moods and landscapes abound. By the sensuality of his refined prose is revealed next to D'Annunzio in the Kingdom of frivolity (1923). Among other novels, should be noted: three immoral novels: love, pain and Vice (1898), sentimental Bohemia (1899), and wonders (1899), modified in the edition of 1922.

Stand out also his essays of literary criticism, in which missing erudition, always veiled, to avoid giving the image of the pedantic scholar. His essay work includes, among others, the following tests: feeling of art (1893), foreign literature (1895), Art Nouveau (1905), in the heart of the tragedy (1916), exotic literature (1920), Sappho, Phyrne and other seductive (1921), the mystery of life and death of Mata Hari (1923), the one hundred masterpieces of world literature (1924), and the new French literature (1927).