Miguel Angel Asturias, El señor presidente [The President]

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El Señor Presidente [The President, 1946] is the Guatemalan author Miguel Ángel Asturias’ best known novel, and one of his most critically lauded works. Its importance in the Latin American literary canon was recognized when Asturias received the Novel Prize for Literature in 1967, the first Latin American novelist to do so. The text had a long genesis and development before it took its final form. It began life as two short stories in 1922, which were later combined in 1924 into one unpublished story entitled “Los mendigos políticos” (Himelblau, 1973: 45). Asturias then departed for Europe, to London and then Paris where, at the Sorbonne, he was able to deepen his interest in …

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Citation: Baker, Pascale. "El señor presidente". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 September 2017 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=14914, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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