Culture 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.

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Miguel Ángel Asturias is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Leyendas de Guatemala, El Señor Presidente, Men of Maize
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 ...more

Rodrigo Rey Rosa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
El Cuchillo Del Mendigo, Ningun Lugar Sagrado, The beggar's knife
Rodrigo Rey Rosa is a Guatemalan writer.

Francisco Goldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
The Art of Political Murder, The Long Night of White Chickens, The divine husband
Francisco Goldman is an American novelist, journalist, and Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Trinity College.

Augusto Monterroso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Complete works & other stories
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" ...more

Alcina Lubitch Domecq is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
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 ...more

Otto René Castillo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Let's go!, Tomorrow triumphant
Otto René Castillo was a Guatemalan poet and revolutionary.

Luis Cardoza y Aragón is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
André Breton
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 ...more

David Unger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Neither caterpillar nor butterfly, Vivir En El Maldito Tropico, Life in the damn tropics
David Unger is a Guatemalan-American author and translator.

Juan José Arévalo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Anti-Kommunism in Latin America
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 ...more

José Milla y Vidaurre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Cuadros guatemaltecos
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 ...more

Rigoberta Menchú is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
I, Rigoberta Menchu, Crossing borders
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 ...more

Otto-Raúl González is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Oratorio del maiz
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 ...more

Luis González Palma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Poems of Sorrow
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 ...more

Francisco Méndez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
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 ...more

Carlos Wyld Ospina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Carlos Wyld Ospina was a Guatemalan novelist, essayist and poet.