Happy Birthday, Miguel Angel Asturias!

Who?

Asturias may seem like an obscure author, but the Guatemalan is only one of a dozen Latinos to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he received in 1967. Asturias was born on this day in 1899 and died in 1974.

His best known books are The President (El Senor Presidente), about living under the dictatorship of Manuel Estrada Cabrera, and Men of Maize: The Modernist Epic of the Guatemalan Indians (Hombres de Maize), which tells the life of peasants in his homeland.

The Nobel Prize website and Encyclopedia Britannica have extensive biographies on Asturias.

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