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de Pereyra, Diómedes

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1897-1976) Bolivian author, resident for much of his life in the USA, author of The Land of the Golden Scarabs (stories January, February-March and July-September 1928 The Golden Book Magazine as by D de Pereyra; fixup 1928). This is a Lost World novel set in Amazonian Brazil and Bolivia, where a surviving Incan civilization is discovered. The king's sister – her name, Ima-Sumac, "how beautiful" in Chequa, is the same as that taken by the Peruvian singer known from about 1942 as Yma Sumac (1922-2008) – marries one of the explorers, who (unusually) remains with her in the clement, cloud-girt valley.

At least two instalments in The Golden Book Magazine were illustrated by the author himself. Despite de Pereyra's Bolivian origin and eventual return to his Latin American homeland, his novel was not published in Spanish translation until 1934, when it appeared as El valle del sol ["The Valley of the Sun"] (1934). [JC/DRL]

Diómedes Arze de Pereyra

born Sucre, Bolivia: 1897

died La Paz, Bolivia: 1976


  • The Land of the Golden Scarabs (Indianapolis, Indiana: Bobbs-Merrill, 1928) [fixup: first appeared as by D de Pereyra in The Golden Magazine as "The King of the Brazilian Jungle", January 1928; "A Land of Mystery", February-March 1928; and "Sun-Gold; A Sequel to 'A Land of Mystery'", July-September 1928: hb/]
    • El valle del sol ["The Valley of the Sun"] (Barcelona, Spain: Casa Editorial Araluce, 1934) [trans of the above: no prior publication in Spanish has been identified: pb/]


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