Alfredo Bryce Echenique (born February 19, 1939) is a Peruvian writer born in Lima. He has written several books and short stories. Son of awell-off, English-Peruvian family. Upon the wish of his family Bryce Echenique studied law in the National University of San Marcos until 1964. His literary interestnevertheless prevailed and so, shortly afterwards, he completed a parallel study course in literature with a thesis on Ernest Hemingway.
Rise in literary career
A year later hereceived a grant from the French government which, like many other Latin American authors of the boom period, led him to Paris. At the Sorbonne he studied classic and modernFrench literature and then taught at various French schools and universities.
His first book Huerto Cerrado was published in 1968 and was a finalist for the Casa de lasAméricas literary prize awarded in Cuba. Huerto Cerrado is a collection of short stories written in different styles and points of view about a young protagonist, Manolo, a member ofLima's upper class, as he comes of age in 1950's Lima. This was followed by his first novel, Un Mundo para Julius, published in 1970 that became a big success and countstoday as one of the classics of Latin American literature. The novel, which has since been translated into ten languages, tells the story of a young boy who grows up as theyoungest of four children of a rich, Peruvian upper class family. Although Julius actually belongs to the ruling classes he feels a stronger bond with the servants which surroundhim and this brings him into conflict with his family. With biting irony the author exposes, through the eyes of a child, the great social differences in Peruvian society.