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At a glance:
- Author: Miguel Ángel Asturias
- First Published: 1963
- Type of Plot: Symbolic allegory
- Time of Work: The 1960’s
- Setting: Quiavicús and Tierrapaulita, Guatemala
- Characters: Celestino Yumí, Catalina Zabala, The Mulata
- Genres: Long fiction, Magical Realism, Novel
- Subjects: 1960's, Folkloric or magical people, Supernatural, Christianity, Greed, Legends, Witches or witchcraft, Disasters, Earthquakes, Natural disasters, Devils or demons, South America or South Americans, Mayas, Volcanoes, Guatemala or Guatemalans, Dwarfs, Metamorphosis or transmogrification
- Locales: Guatemala, Central America and West Indies
Miguel Aacute;ngel Asturias bases Mulata on a popular Guatemalan legend—that of a man who sells his wife to the devil in exchange for unlimited wealth. The novel begins with Celestino Yumí parading through the religious fairs of the countryside around Quiavicús with the zipper of his pants open, in compliance with a bargain he has struck with Tazol, the corn-husk devil. In this way, Yumí will cause women to commit sins by looking at his private parts and then compound those sins by their accepting Communion without going again to confession. Successful in...
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