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Juan Manuel Rodríguez
Born May 6, 1945 (1945-05-06) (age 64)
Bilbao, Spain
Occupation Professor, author
Language Spanish
Nationality Ecuadorian
Notable work(s) A7393: Hombre de Cenizas[1]

Juan Manuel Rodríguez Lopez (b. 6 May 1945, Bilbao, Spain) is a former Jesuit priest,[2][3][4][5][6] an Ecuadorian professor and author from Bilbao, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain. He has written a number of novels, including El Espantapájaros (translation: The Scarecrow).[5][7]


Man of Ashes

The book A7393: Hombre de Cenizas (translation: A7393: Man of Ashes) was published in Mexico in 1990 as an autobiography, with Salomon Isacovici as lead author (and the subject of the book) and Rodríguez as co-author.[1][5]

Isacovici (1924–1998) was a Romanian Jew who survived the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.[5]

In 1995, the University of Nebraska Press planned to publish an English language version, translated by Dick Gerdes, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia.[6][8] The publisher described the book as important to Holocaust studies as a rare account of a Romanian, and Latin American Jewish writer.[9][10]

The book's publication was delayed due to a dispute over the book's principal authorship and its status as fiction or non-fiction. Rodríguez threatened legal action, stating that the book was a fictionalized account of Isacovici's life written largely by Rodríguez and incorporating some of his own memories. He argued that he was the main author of the book and should be credited as such.[2][4][6][10][11]

Rodríguez's claim was critiqued as an example of literary usurpation and as an attempt to cast doubt on a Holocaust survivor's experience.[4][6] The English translation was finally published in 1999 as non-fiction, with Isacovici and Rodríguez listed as co-authors.[6][8][11]

Published works



  • Rodríguez, Juan Manuel (2005) (in Spanish). Cinturón de Fuego [Ring of Fire]. Quito: Ediciones Libri Mundi. ISBN 9789978570463. OCLC 71010635.  
  •    (2003) (in Spanish). El Poder de los Vencidos [The Power of the Vanquished]. Madrid: Mileto Ediciones. ISBN 9788495282507.  
  • Isacovici, Salomon; Rodríguez, Juan Manuel (1999). Man of Ashes.  [8]
  • Rodríguez, Juan Manuel (1997) (in Spanish). El Pez Perfume [The Fish Smell]. Quito: Grupo Editorial Norma. ISBN 9789978540497.  
  •    (1997) (in Spanish). Cuaderno De Apuntes [Notebook]. Quito: Universidad San Francisco de Quito.  
  •    (1996) (in Spanish). El Pulso de la Nada [The Pulse of Nowhere]. Quito: Libresa. ISBN 9789978803639.  
  •    (1992) (in Spanish). El Mar y la Muralla [The Sea and the Wall]. Quito: Libresa. ISBN 9789978201800.  
  •    (1991) (in Spanish). Fricciones [Frictions]. Quito: Ediciones de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. ISBN 9789978770146. OCLC 24912898.  
  • Isacovici, Salomon; Rodríguez, Juan Manuel (1990). A7393: Hombre de Cenizas.  [1]
  • Rodríguez, Juan Manuel (1990). El Espantapájaros.  [7]
  •    (1983) (in Spanish). Jorma el Predicador. Madrid: Alba. ISBN 9788475670003.  
  •    (1981) (in Spanish). Algunas Compras y Otros Encargos [Some Purchases and Other Charges]. Quito: Ediciones y Distribuciones J.L.I. OCLC 17039378.  

Academic publications

  • Información Estética en el Relato (2008) ISBN 9789978550687
  • Desafíos de la televisión frente a otros medios de comunicación, in Evolución y retos de la televisión (2003)
  • Riqueza informativa, miseria comunicacional, in El futuro de los diarios (2002)
  • Educar para la vida, Desarrollo del pensamiento, Tomos I - X (1997–2000)
  • Diccionario de conjugación de los verbos castellanos (1998)
  • Comunicación dinámica, Tomos I y II (1993–1995)
  • Manual de conjugación de los verbos castellanos (1986)
  • Aproximación à la estructura narrativa de la novela Cumandá, in Cumandá, contribución a un centenario (1979)
  • R. Pérez Torres o el absurdo agónico, in Situación del relato ecuatoriano II (1977)


  1. ^ a b c Isacovici, Salomon; Rodríguez, Juan Manuel (1990) (in Spanish). A7393: Hombre de Cenizas [A7393: Man of Ashes]. Mexico: Editorial Diana. ISBN 9789681320850. OCLC 27333907.  
  2. ^ a b Su, Di (2001). Evolution in Reference and Information Services: The Impact of the Internet. Binghamton, New York: Haworth Information Press. p. 124. ISBN 9780789017239. Retrieved 27 December 2009.  
  3. ^ Stavans, Ilan (2000). "Novelizing the Holocaust?". The Essential Ilan Stavans. Routledge. ISBN 9780415927543.  
  4. ^ a b c Ozick, Cynthia (2006). "Rights of History and Rights of Imagination". in Wiesel, Elie; Katz, Steven T.; Rosen, Alan. Obliged By Memory: Literature, Religion, Ethics: A Collection Of Essays Honoring Elie Wiesel's Seventieth Birthday. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. pp. 8–9. ISBN 0815630646. Retrieved 27 December 2009.  
  5. ^ a b c d Sokol, Neal; Stavans, Ilan (2004). Ilan Stavans: Eight Conversations. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 9780299199104.  
  6. ^ a b c d e Stavans, Ilan (2001). The Inveterate Dreamer: Essays and Conversations on Jewish Culture. University of Nebraska Press. pp. 37–42. ISBN 9780803292789.  
  7. ^ a b Rodríguez, Juan Manuel (1990) (in Spanish). El Espantapájaros [The Scarecrow]. Mexico: Editorial Diana. ISBN 9681319648. OCLC 22158228.  
  8. ^ a b c Isacovici, Salomon; Rodríguez, Juan Manuel (1999). Man of Ashes. trans. by Dick Gerde. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 9780803225015.  
  9. ^ Sweet, Kim (26 January 1999). "U. Nebraska: Delayed Holocaust book finally available at U. Nebraska". Daily Nebraskan.  
  10. ^ a b Freed, Kenneth (10 September 1998). "University of Nebraska Press Refuses to Release Holocaust Memoir". Omaha World-Herald.  
  11. ^ a b "NU to Release Jew's Memoir In February". Omaha World-Herald: p. 14b. 29 November 1998.  

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