This dramatic work, written originally in Quechuan, is considered by some to be of Incan origin and is thus the earliest and a most encompassing work of Andean literature. It has survived through the ages as part of the oral tradition; during the Colonial Era it was adapted for the Western stage, although the author has remained anonymous.
Ollanta is soldier of common origins who, because of his excellent service, had been promoted to noble status and had been granted numerous privileges. But he falls in love with Cusi Coyllur, daughter of the Inca Pachacútec, a relationship forbidden by Incan law, under which only those with Incan lineage could marry a princess…
“Inspired with great vigor and presented with unusual mastery, there is nary a dull moment and the work teems with metaphor and imagery which enlivens its historic value.” Jesús Lara