The author, Jorge Icaza, was born in 1906, in Quito, Ecuador, where he still lives and where he owns and manages a book store. A dramatist and a short-story writer as well as a novelist, Icaza is the author of over fifteen plays, collections of stories, and six novels. His most recent novel, "El Chulla Romero y Flores," ""appeared in 1958. The translator, Bernard M. Dulsey, is Professor of Spanish in the Uni-versity of Missouri at Kansas City. Mr. Dulsey, who received his doctorate from the University of Illinois, is prose fiction editor for Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia for the "Handbook of Latin American Studies," ""the yearly publication of the Library of Congress, and a contributor to various scholarly journals in this country and abroad.