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Famous Authors from Guatemala

List of the most popular authors from Guatemala, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Guatemalan authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Guatemalan writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List features authors like Juan José Arévalo, Miguel Ángel Asturias.

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    Alcina Lubitch Domecq is a Jewish Guatemalan short story writer. She was born in Guatemala to an Auschwitz survivor father, and an Iberian-Guatemalan mother. After her parents' divorce, she moved to Mexico in the sixties and left in the early 1970s. After a stay in Europe, she made aliyah to Israel ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Guatemala, North America, Americas, Latin America, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1953
    • Nationality: Guatemala, Israel
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    Augusto Monterroso Bonilla was a Honduran writer, known for the ironical and humorous style of his short stories. He is considered an important figure in the Latin American "Boom" generation, and received several awards, including the Prince of Asturias Award in Literature, Miguel Ángel Asturias ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: Complete works & other stories
    • Birthplace: North America, Americas, Latin America, Central America, Honduras
    • Birthdate: 1921
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    David Unger is a Guatemalan-American author and translator. more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: Neither caterpillar nor butterfly, Vivir En El Maldito Tropico, Life in the damn tropics, Real Therapy
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, Guatemala Department, Guatemala City, Americas, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1950
    • Nationality: Guatemala, United States of America
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    Francisco Goldman is an American novelist, journalist, and Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Trinity College. more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: The Art of Political Murder, The Long Night of White Chickens, The divine husband, The Ordinary Seaman, La Larga Noche de Los Pollos Blancos + 1 more
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America + 5 more
    • Birthdate: 1954
    • Nationality: Guatemala, United States of America
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    Rodrigo Rey Rosa is a Guatemalan writer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: El Cuchillo Del Mendigo, Ningun Lugar Sagrado, The beggar's knife, The good cripple, The Pelcari Project/Cardel de arboles + 12 more
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, North America, Americas, Latin America, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1958
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    José Milla y Vidaurre was a notable Guatemalan writer of the 19th century. He was also known by the name Pepe Milla and the pseudonym Salomé Jil. Milla grew up in a time of great instability, where the struggles between liberals and conservatives were bringing chaos to Guatemala. He came from a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: Cuadros guatemaltecos
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, Guatemala Department, Guatemala City, Americas, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1822
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Juan José Arévalo Bermejo was a professor of philosophy who became Guatemala's first democratically elected president in 1944. He was elected following a popular uprising against the United States backed dictator Jorge Ubico that began the Guatemalan Revolution. He remained in office until 1951, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: Anti-Kommunism in Latin America
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, Americas, Taxisco, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1904
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Luis Cardoza y Aragón was a Guatemalan writer, essayist, poet, art critic, and diplomat born in Antigua Guatemala but who spent a good part of his life living in exile in Mexico. Cardoza attended primary school in Antigua Guatemala and at the Colegio Centroamericano in Guatemala City. His received a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: André Breton
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, North America, Americas, Latin America, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1901
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Luis González Palma is a modernist Guatemalan photographer. Born in 1957, the artist grew up in Guatemala City. He studied architecture and cinematography at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and then turned to photography. He has presented his work from 1989 until now in more than 58 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: Poems of Sorrow
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, Guatemala Department, Guatemala City, Americas, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1957
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Miguel Angel Asturias Rosales was a Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet-diplomat, novelist, playwright and journalist. 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, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: Leyendas de Guatemala, El Señor Presidente, Men of Maize, El Alhajadito, Mulata de tal + 71 more
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, Guatemala Department, Guatemala City, Americas, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1899
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Otto-Raúl González was a Guatemalan writer, poet, and lawyer. A longtime communist ideologue, during the social revolution of the administration of Jacobo Arbenz he was appointed undersecretary of the land reform program. González welcomed Che Guevara to Guatemala and gave him a government job. However, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: Oratorio del maiz
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, North America, Americas, Latin America, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1921
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Otto René Castillo was a Guatemalan poet and revolutionary. more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: Let's go!, Tomorrow triumphant
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, Quetzaltenango Department, Quetzaltenango, Americas, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1934
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Rigoberta Menchú Tum is an indigenous Guatemalan woman, of the K'iche' ethnic group. Menchú has dedicated her life publicizing the rights of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War, and to promote indigenous rights in the country. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Works Written: I, Rigoberta Menchu, Crossing borders
    • Birthplace: Guatemala, Uspantán, Americas, Quiché Department, Central America
    • Birthdate: 1959
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Francisco Méndez was a Guatemalan poet and short-story writer born in Joyabaj, El Quiché. He published his first poem at the age of eighteen, and moved to the city of Quetzaltenango shortly after. A self-taught writer, he went on to publish numerous volumes of poetry, including the celebrated Nocturnos. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthdate: 1907
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Carlos Wyld Ospina was a Guatemalan novelist, essayist and poet. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Guatemala, Sacatepéquez Department, Americas, Central America, Antigua Guatemala
    • Birthdate: 1891
    • Nationality: Guatemala

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