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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.

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Miguel Ángel Astu... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Leyendas de Guatemala, El Señor Presidente, Men of Maize
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, ...more
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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 (born November 4, 1958) is a Guatemalan writer.
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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 (born 1954) is an American novelist, journalist, and Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Trinity College.
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Augusto Monterroso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Complete works & other stories
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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
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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Otto René Castill... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Let's go!, Tomorrow triumphant
Otto René Castillo (1934–1967) was a Guatemalan poet, activist, guerilla fighter and revolutionary.
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Luis Cardoza y Arag&oacu... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
André Breton
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 ...more
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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 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 ...more
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Juan José Ar&eacu... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Anti-Kommunism in Latin America
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 ...more
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José Milla y Vida... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Cuadros guatemaltecos
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 ...more
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Rigoberta Menchú ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
I, Rigoberta Menchu, Crossing borders
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 ...more
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Otto-Raúl Gonz&aa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Oratorio del maiz
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 ...more
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Luis González Pal... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Poems of Sorrow
Luis González Palma (1957) is a postmodern Guatemalan photographer.
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Francisco Méndez ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
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 ...more
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Carlos Wyld Ospina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Guatemala
Carlos Wyld Ospina (June 19, 1891, Antigua Guatemala – June 19, 1956, Quetzaltenango) was a Guatemalan novelist, essayist and poet.