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The President / Edition 1

The President / Edition 1


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Guatemalan diplomat and writer Miguel Angel Asturias (1899�1974) began this award-winning work while still a law student. It is a story of a ruthless dictator and his schemes to dispose of a political adversary in an unnamed Latin American country usually identified as Guatemala. The book has been acclaimed for portraying both a totalitarian government and its damaging psychological effects. Drawing from his experiences as a journalist writing under repressive conditions, Asturias employs such literary devices as satire to convey the government�s transgressions and surrealistic dream sequences to demonstrate the police state�s impact on the individual psyche. Asturias�s stance against all forms of injustice in Guatemala caused critics to view the author as a compassionate spokesperson for the oppressed. �My work,� Asturias promised when he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature, �will continue to reflect the voice of the people, gathering their myths and popular beliefs and at the same time seeking to give birth to a universal consciousness of Latin American problems.�

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ISBN-13: 9780881339512
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date: 08/29/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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