Other literary forms
César Vallejo (vah-YAY-hoh) wrote fiction, plays, and essays, as well as lyric poetry, although his achievement as a poet far outstrips that in any other genre. His short stories—many of them extremely brief—may be found in Escalas melografiadas (1923; musical scales). A longer short story, “Fabla salvaje” (1923; primitive parlance), is a tragic idyll of two rustic lovers, and Hacia el reino de los Sciris (1967; toward the kingdom of the Sciris) is set in the time of the Incas. El tungsteno (1931; Tungsten, 1988), is a proletarian novel with an Andean setting that was written in 1931, the year Vallejo joined the Communist Party. Another story, Paco Yunque (1969), is about the mistreatment of a servant’s son by a classmate who happens to be the master’s son.
Vallejo became interested in the theater around 1930, but he destroyed his first play, “Mampar.” Three others, Entre las dos orillas corre el río (pb. 1979; the river flows between two banks); Lock-Out (pb. 1979), and Colacho hermanos: O, presidentes de América (pb. 1979; Colacho brothers), never published during the poet’s lifetime, are now available in Teatro completo (1979; complete theatrical work). His long essay, Rusia en 1931: Reflexiones al pie del Kremlin (1931; reissued in 1965), was followed by Rusia ante el segundo plan quinquenal (1965); Contra el secreto profesional (1973); and El arte y la revolución (1973). His master’s thesis, El romanticismo en la poesía castellana, was published in 1954.