Yolanda Oreamuno is one of my absolute favourite writers. She was born in 1916 in San José, Costa Rica, to a middle class family.
She became a novelist, essayist and short story writer. She lived in Guatemala, Mexico, Chile and the United States. She was an assiduous reader of Proust and Joyce, hence her introspective narrative that delves into the interior of her characters. A feminist before her time, she opted for stream of consciousness and interior monologue. rather than follow the path of social realism. She died virtually unknown in 1956. Recently devotees have marked her grave with a tombstone.
Very little of her writing is available in English.
Works available in English
Costa Rica: A Traveler's Literary Companion
Edited By Barbara Ras
Foreword By Oscar Arias
Contains "The Lizard with the White Belly" and "The Spirit of My Land"
When New Flowers Bloomed: Short Stories by Women Writers from Costa Rica and Panama
Edited By Enrique Jaramillo Levi
Contains "Urban Wake" and "Of Their Obscure Family"