Miguel Ángel Asturias

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Miguel Ángel Asturias (1899-1974) was the first Latin American writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. A native of Guatemala, Asturias is known for his use of surrealist-inspired magical realism and for his incorporation of folklore and indigenous mythology into his works. Asturias is best known for composing El señor presidente (1946), Hombres de maíz (1949), Week-end in Guatemala (1956), and Los ojos de los enterrados (1960) but at least one scholar[1] contends that some of his best work is among the least well-known.


  1. René Prieto. 1993. Miguel Angel Asturias's archeology of return. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.