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Ramón Amaya Amador (April 29, 1916November 24, 1966) is Honduras'smarker most famous author.


Amaya was born in Olanchitomarker in the department of Yoromarker. After working on the banana plantations along the Northern Caribbeanmarker coast of Honduras he published his first work in 1939. He became a journalist in 1941 for El Atlántico (The Atlantic), a La Ceibamarker newspaper. In October 1943 he founded a weekly magazine in Olanchito called Alerta (Alert). A leading Honduran communist fleeing from political persecution, he moved to Guatemala in 1944, where he worked there on the Nuestro Diario (Our Daily) newspaper, and was very supportive of the left-wing government of Jacobo Arbenz. In his 10 years in Guatemala he also worked for the Diario de Centro América (Central American Daily), El Popular Progresista (The Popular Progressive) and Mediodía (Midday). When Arbenz regime fell in June 1954 Amador sought refuge in the Argentinemarker embassy before being granted asylum in that country. He worked there for Sarmiento, a popular educative newspaper. He also married the Argentinian Regina Arminda Funes. In May 1957 he returned to Honduras with her. He began working for El Cronista (The Chronicle), and found the magazine Vistazo (View) in Tegucigalpamarker. He left Honduras with his family, including 2 small children, to move to Praguemarker in Czechoslovakia where he worked on a magazine called Problems of Peace and Socialism until he died at 50 years of age in a plane crash in 1966 in Bratislavamarker, Czechoslovakiamarker. In September 1977 his remains were returned to Tegucigalpa, but it was not until 1991 that his books were published in Honduras.

Published books

The dates are when the books were written, not when they were first published.
  • Prisión verde 1945
  • Amanecer 1947
  • El indio Sánchez 1948
  • Bajo el signo de la Paz 1952
  • Constructores 1957
  • El señor de la sierra 1957
  • Los brujos de Ilamatepeque 1958
  • Biografía de un machete 1959
  • Destacamento Rojo 1960
  • El camino de mayo 1963
  • Cipotes 1963
  • Con la misma herradura 1963
  • Jacinta Peralta 1964
  • Operación gorila 1965

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