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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?"

For further information on these historic Guatemalan authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Guatemalan authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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  • 1
    Leyendas de Guatemala, El Señor Presidente

    BirthplaceGuatemala City, Guatemala

    Birthdate1899-10-19

    NationalityGuatemala

    Miguel Ángel Asturias Rosales (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel ˈaŋ.xel asˈtu.ɾjas]; October 19, 1899 – June 9, 1974) was a Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet-diplomat, novelist, playwright and...  more
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  • 2
    El Cuchillo Del Mendigo, Ningun Lugar Sagrado

    BirthplaceGuatemala

    Birthdate1958-11-04

    NationalityGuatemala

    Rodrigo Rey Rosa (born November 4, 1958) is a Guatemalan writer....  more
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    The Art of Political Murder, The Long Night of White Chickens

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Birthdate1954

    NationalityGuatemala, United States of America

    Francisco Goldman (born 1954) is an American novelist, journalist, and Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Trinity College. ...  more
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    Complete works & other stories

    BirthplaceTegucigalpa, Honduras

    Birthdate1921-12-21

    NationalityGuatemala

    Augusto Monterroso Bonilla (December 21, 1921 - February 7, 2003) was a Honduran writer who adopted Guatemalan nationality, known for the ironical and humorous style of his short stories. He is...  more
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    Alcina Lubitch Domecq (born 1953) is an Israeli short story writer. She was born in Guatemala to an Auschwitz survivor father, and an Iberian-Guatemalan mother. After her parents' divorced, she...  more
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    Let's go!, Tomorrow triumphant

    BirthplaceQuetzaltenango, Guatemala

    Birthdate1934-01-01

    NationalityGuatemala

    Otto René Castillo (1934–1967) was a Guatemalan poet, activist, guerilla fighter and revolutionary....  more
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    BirthplaceGuatemala

    Birthdate1901-06-21

    NationalityGuatemala

    Luis Cardoza y Aragón (June 21, 1901 - September 4, 1992) 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...  more
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    Neither caterpillar nor butterfly, Vivir En El Maldito Tropico

    BirthplaceGuatemala City, Guatemala

    Birthdate1950-11-06

    NationalityGuatemala, United States of America

    David Unger may refer to: David A. Unger (born 1971), film talent and literary agent David Unger (author) (born 1950), Guatemalan-American author and translator David Unger (journalist) (born 1947),...  more
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    Anti-Kommunism in Latin America

    BirthplaceGuatemala

    Birthdate1904-09-10

    NationalityGuatemala

    Juan José Arévalo Bermejo (10 September 1904 – 8 October 1990) was a professor of philosophy who became Guatemala's first democratically elected president in 1945. He was elected following a popular...  more
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    Cuadros guatemaltecos

    BirthplaceGuatemala City, Guatemala

    Birthdate1822-08-04

    NationalityGuatemala

    José Milla y Vidaurre (August 4, 1822 in Guatemala City — September 30, 1882) was a notable Guatemalan writer of the 19th century. He was also known by the name Pepe Milla and the pseudonym Salomé...  more
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    I, Rigoberta Menchu

    BirthplaceUspantán, Guatemala

    Birthdate1959-01-09

    NationalityGuatemala

    Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Spanish: [riɣoˈβeɾta menˈtʃu]; born 9 January 1959) is a K'iche' political and human rights activist from Guatemala. Menchú has dedicated her life to publicizing the rights of...  more
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    Oratorio del maiz

    BirthplaceGuatemala

    Birthdate1921-01-01

    NationalityGuatemala

    Otto-Raúl González (January 1, 1921 in Guatemala City – June 23, 2007 in Mexico City) was a Guatemalan writer, poet, and lawyer. A longtime communist ideologue, during the social revolution of the...  more
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    Poems of Sorrow

    BirthplaceGuatemala City, Guatemala

    Birthdate1957-01-01

    NationalityGuatemala

    Luis González Palma (1957) is a postmodern Guatemalan photographer....  more
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    Francisco Méndez (1907-1962) 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...  more
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    Carlos Wyld Ospina (June 19, 1891, Antigua Guatemala – June 19, 1956, Quetzaltenango) was a Guatemalan novelist, essayist and poet....  more
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