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tales based on Mayan myths, tr G Alter-Gilbert
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Born on October 19, 1899, Miguel Ángel Asturias was raised by an affluent family in Guatemala City. As an undergraduate in the capital, he became deeply involved in radical politics. Realizing his life was in danger, in 1923 he fled into exile after receiving a law degree from the University of San Carlos. He traveled through Europe, finally settling in Paris to study ethnology and Central American mythology at the Sorbonne. It was during this ear that he became a dedicated Surrealist under the tutelage of André Breton, translated the Popol Vuh and the Annals of Xahil, and published the forerunner to this volume, Legends of Guatemala (1930), which contained an introduction by Paul Valéry and received tremendous critical acclaim. In 1942, still actively working as a writer, he was elected to the Guatemalan congress and soon after, embarked on a diplomatic career. When his citizenship was revoked by the dictatorship in 1954, he moved to Argentina where he worked as a correspondent and advisor to a publishing house. In 1967, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, seven years before his death.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
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Book Description Latin Amer Literary Review Pr, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110935480838