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Between Miguel Ángel Asturias and Mario Vargas Llosa: A History (Histories) of Guatemala

Susanna Regazzoni    Università Caʼ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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This article analyses two works written about the same topic. Miguel Ángel Asturias wrote Week-end en Guatemala in 1956 and Mario Vargas Llosa published Tiempos recios in 2019. These texts narrate in different ways, the coup led by the so-called ‘Army of Liberation’, and instigated by the CIA, that in 1954 overthrew the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala. Asturias publishes a volume of stories; the last one is titled “Torotumbo” and it is a poetic narration of an indigenous community that suffers the rape and death of a girl by a ladino. Vargas Llosa in Tiempos recios writes a historical novel that presents the main events and actors who starred in the coup.

Published
June 29, 2021
Submitted
March 24, 2021
Language
ES