Miguel Angel Asturias

Asturias, Miguel Angel

 

Born Oct. 19, 1899, in Guatemala. Guatemalan writer.

Asturias graduated from a university in 1923 and lived as an émigré in Europe between 1925 and 1933. In Paris he drew on folklore themes to create the book Legends of Guatemala (1930). By 1933 he completed the novel Mister President (published 1946; Russian translation, 1959), which exposed the tyrannical regime. In 1949 he published the novel Men of Corn. His trilogy about the fate of the Guatemalan people in the 20th century—the novels Strong Wind (1950), The Green Pope (1954; Russian translation, 1960), and Eyes of the Buried (1960; Russian translation, 1968)—won world renown; it is imbued with ideas of liberation. Asturias also wrote the novel The Mulattress (1964) and the book of legends The Mirror of Lida Sal (1967). The writer’s ties to the native population of Guatemala—the Mayan Indians—and their folklore are perceptible in his work. He was awarded the International Lenin Prize for Strengthening Peace Between Nations in 1966 and the Nobel Prize in 1967.

WORKS

Obras escogidas, vols. 1–3. Madrid, 1961–66.
Teatro. Buenos Aires, [1964].
In Russian translation:
Uik-end v Gvatemale. Moscow, 1958.

REFERENCES

Ospovat, L. “Golos nepokorennoi Gvatemaly (Romany Migelia Ankhelia Asturiasa).” Inostrannaia literatura, 1958, no. 6.
Dashkevich, Iu. “M. A. Asturias.” Ibid., 1962, no. 12.
Kuteishchikova, V. “Glazami indeitsev Gvatemaly.” Voprosy literatury, 1963, no. 9.
Migel’ Ankhel’ Asturias: Biobibliografich, ukazatel’. Moscow, 1960. [Compiler and author of introductory article, Iu. A. Pevtsov.]
Bellini, G. La narrativa di M. A. Asturias. Milan-Varese, [1966].

L. S. OSPOVAT

References in periodicals archive ?
Contract awarded for urban expansion joint elementary school official, miguel angel asturias, zone 6, coatepeque, quetzaltenango.
The main purpose of the organisation was to present lectures by noted speakers, like Literature Nobel Prize winner Miguel Angel Asturias and famous Argentinean writers such as Ernesto SEibato and Ezequiel MartE[degrees]nez Estrada.
No matter the outcome, the effects of the genocide trial are likely to permeate Guatemala's air for time to come, as versions circulate of the words of the country's other Nobel laureate, for literature, Miguel Angel Asturias, who wrote, "The eyes of the buried ones shall close on the day of justice, or they shall not close.
Cienfuegos also hosts the Museum of the Guayabera Shirt, with a collection that includes some donated by personalities, such as Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, Nobel Literature Prize Guatemalan writer Miguel Angel Asturias, among others.
The Nobel League of diplomat-poets includes Gabriela Mistral, Saint-John Perse, George Seferis, Ivo Andric, Miguel Angel Asturias, Pablo Neruda and Octovio Paz.
Legends of Guatemala" is a translation of this novel from Miguel Angel Asturias, who transforms the vast resource of Mayan mythology and legend into a surreal yet intriguing experience.
He follows in the footsteps of other great writers, like Augusto Monterroso (1997), who have received this award named for Guatemala's Nobel Laureate: Miguel Angel Asturias.
Still later, Miguel Angel Asturias visited her in Santa Ana in El Salvador.
But this was the context for a very influential Theory of Dependence (1) to explain the impossibility of development with dependence on outside capital (which wants mechanisms to repatriate its earnings), but also for the literary boom associated with authors like Julio Cortazar (Argentina), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), Alejo Carpentier (Cuba), Carlos Fuentes and Juan Rulfo (Mexico) and Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala).
Torres' novel was translated from Spanish by Gregory Rabassa, perhaps America's best-known translator for his work with Nobel Prize winners Garcia Marquez and Miguel Angel Asturias, among others.
The future Nobel laureate Miguel Angel Asturias went along with his fellow classmates to visit Dario at his pension, and in his memoirs Asturias described how Dario was initially reluctant to speak, embarrassed by his situation and the fact that he was in the pay of El Senor Presidente.
Swier closely examines the ways in which authors including Romulo Gallegos, Jose Marti, and Miguel Angel Asturias use what she calls "gender troping" to illustrate unequal power relations in national politics.