Guzmán, Martín Luis

Guzmán, Martín Luis

(märtēn` lo͞oēs` go͞osmän`), 1887–1977, Mexican novelist and journalist. Guzmán worked as a journalist during the Mexican revolution, in which he joined the forces of Pancho Villa. He recorded his impressions of the war years in The Eagle and the Serpent (1928, tr. 1930) and depicted the political intrigue of the 1920s in La sombra del caudillo (1929). Guzmán's Muertes históricas (1958) contains studies of Porfirio Díaz and Venustiano Carranza.


See also his monumental edition of Pancho Villa's memoirs (5 vol., 1938–51; tr. 1965), his collected works in Spanish (1961–63), and study by L. M. Grimes (1969).

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Guzmán, Martín Luis


Born Oct. 6. 1887. in Chihuahua. Mexican writer.

Guzmán’s novel The Eagle and the Serpent (1928) is an artistic chronicle of the revolutionary events of the years 1910–17. In his novel The Shadow of the Caudillo (1929; Russian translation, 1964), Guzmán exposed the political corruption in postrevolutionary Mexico. From 1938 to 1940, Guzmán published Memoirs of Pancho Villa, a stylized biography of the peasant leader.


Obras completas, vols. 1–2. Mexico City, 1965.


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