Biography of Julieta Pinto González (1922-VVVV)

Costa Rican Narrator, born in 1922 in San José. They become your fertile and varied literary production, coupled with the many merits which has contracted for its cultural services in different public institutions in his country, one of the most important figures of the costarriquenas letters from the second half of the 20th century.

From an early age, he felt a marked literary vocation that guided his academic training in the humanistic directions. After completing advanced studies in Philology at the University of Costa Rica, began to play an outstanding cultural work that ended up becoming founder and Director of the school of literature of the National University. Since then, its participation in all the literary events in the small Central American country has been decisive, especially in those where the promotion of the Costa Rican writers and literature written by women was vital.

In his rich and varied narrative production, the cultivation of the short story and the extensive novel stands out alike. At the beginning of the Decade of the 1960s concluded a brilliant collection of stories appeared under the title Tales of the Earth (San José: Editorial L'Atelier, 1963), work to the publication of his first great novel, titled followed her, four years later, if the silence is heard (San José: Editorial Costa Rica, 1967). After two years returned to the shelves of bookstores with a new extensive narration, the station that follows the summer (San José: printing Lehmann, 1969), which gave way to the emergence, one year later another installment of stories, grouped this time under the heading of the marginalized (San José: Editorial Costa Rica, 1970).

After five years of tireless dedication to these public activities that occupied much of his life, Julieta Pinto González returned to the literary landscape of Costa Rica with a new collection of stories, just around the corner (San José: Editorial Nueva Conciencia, 1975), which followed a fourth installment of short stories, entitled the sermon of the everyday (San José(: Editorial Costa Rica, 1977). Already enshrined as one of the indisputable in the cultivation of this difficult narrative genre, two years later returned to present the large Legion of readers an extensive novel, entitled steps echo (San José: Mesén publishers, 1979). After another two years, regained the genus cuentistico in the volume named land of mirages (San José: h.e., 1981), which was followed within the same line of generic and thematic, a new compilation entitled open your eyes (San José: Mesén publishers, 1983).

Aside from the aforementioned titles, Julieta Pinto González has ventured with vigor and success in the narrative for the public child and youth, gender which has left some works as influential as the juvenile novel between the Sun and fog (San José: Editorial Costa Rica, 1988), and the books of children's stories David (San José: Editorial Costa Rica)1985), the lizard's belly mossy (San José: book Institute, 1988) and stories of Christmas (San José: Mesén publishers, 1988).

With this copious bibliography on their backs, it is not surprising that Julieta Pinto González has become one of the visible heads of the Costa literary circles, in which has been distinguished and awarded with prizes and most prestigious honors of the country. Them, include the national prize for literature "Aquileo Echeverría", in the form of novel, which was awarded in 1969 for his work entitled the station following the summer. In addition, a year later got again the national prize for literature "Aquileo Echeverría", but this time in its story mode, its collection presented under the heading of the marginalized.

Logically, the work of Julieta Pinto (especially his novellas) has been included in most representative selections and anthological exhibitions of contemporary American literature. Thus, for example, his story entitled "Three names for the absence" figure in the famous anthology tales of women. In general, his prose shows a style cultured and refined, sober expression of elegance and universal in the choice of topics and mirrored spaces, not resorting to certain colloquial or indigenous features very present in the language and the arguments of other writers of his generation.

Today, despite already walking near the eighty years of age, the writer continues immersed in an endless process of literary creation, surrounded by his four children and ten grandchildren, and converted into a sort of matriarch of the Costa Rican letters.


BERRON SAÑUDO, Linda (sel). Stories of women: Anthology of narrators of Costa Rica. (San José: Editorial women, 19965). (Prol. of Sonia Marta Mora).

J. R. Fernández Cano.