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Today in Latin American History

Guatemalan Writer Miguel Ángel Asturias Who Won the Nobel Prize was Born in 1899

Guatemalan Writer Miguel Ángel Asturias Who Won the Nobel Prize was Born in 1899

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Today in Latin American history, Guatemalan writer Miguel Ángel Asturias who won the Nobel Prize was born in 1899.

Asturias helped establish Latin American literature’s contribution to mainstream Western culture, and at the same time drew attention to the importance of indigenous cultures, especially those of his native Guatemala.

One of Asturias’ most famous novels, El Señor Presidente, describes life under a ruthless dictator. Asturias’ very public opposition to dictatorial rule led to him spending much of his later life in exile, both in South America and in Europe.

In 1967 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, only the second Latin American to receive this honor.

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