Written by Claudia Aréstegui
Illustrated by Andrea Vela Alarcón
Translated by Sun Gexuan
The mountains are the backbone of Peru, the rivers are its blood, and the Amazon forest is its heart. This mysterious legend, come from the depths of the rainforest, beckons its readers to start off on an unknown path, and explore.
“Ayaymama” is a story representative of the Peruvian’s intimate connection with nature, a mother to everything that lives. Illustrator Andrea’s elegant and minimalistic visual art, reminiscent of pre-Columbian motifs, is that of a world outside of time, in which fundamental truths are as clear as the very first day.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Claudia was born in Lima, Peru, and has been writing short stories since her childhood. A finalist in several literature contests, she has written for magazines, as well as plays and short stories for children and adults alike. Former works of hers include the play 4×4: Cuentos a Todo Terreno and the novel Las Buenas Orejas de Esteban Malapata. She currently works as a teacher, but still devotes plenty of time to her passion for literature.
Read more from her on: tambientarcila
Andrea Vela Alarcón
Andrea was born in the Amazon city of Iquitos, Peru. At a young age, she found herself inspired by the visual image, and began illustrating everything that surrounded her. She has produced illustrations for Peruvian magazines, non-profit organizations and clothing brands, and has also worked on documentaries (such as Marinocha, screened at the Lima Film Festival). She is currently looking to work on more projects blending social development and illustration.
See more on her blog: allegra-v