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Famous Authors from Guatemala

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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.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Guatemala?" and "Who are the best Guatemalan authors?"

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    Miguel Ángel Asturias is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from 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

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    • Works Written: Leyendas de Guatemala, El Señor Presidente, Men of Maize, El Alhajadito, Mulata de tal, + more
    • Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
    • Birthdate: 1899-10-19
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Rodrigo Rey Rosa is a Guatemalan writer. more

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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, + more
    • Birthplace: Guatemala
    • Birthdate: 1958-11-04
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Francisco Goldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
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    Francisco Goldman is an American novelist, journalist, and Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Trinity College. more

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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, + more
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Birthdate: 1954-01-01
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Augusto Monterroso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
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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

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    • Works Written: Complete works & other stories
    • Birthplace: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
    • Birthdate: 1921-12-21
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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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

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala
    • Birthdate: 1953-01-01
    • Nationality: Guatemala, Israel
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    Otto René Castillo was a Guatemalan poet and revolutionary. more

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    • Works Written: Let's go!, Tomorrow triumphant
    • Birthplace: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
    • Birthdate: 1934-01-01
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Luis Cardoza y Aragón is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from 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

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    • Works Written: André Breton
    • Birthplace: Guatemala
    • Birthdate: 1901-06-21
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    David Unger is a Guatemalan-American author and translator. more

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    • Works Written: Neither caterpillar nor butterfly, Vivir En El Maldito Tropico, Life in the damn tropics, Real Therapy
    • Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
    • Birthdate: 1950-11-06
    • Nationality: Guatemala, United States of America
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