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The book One Day of Life was written by Manilo Argueta and was banned by the El Salvadorian government. The book focuses on the main character, Guadalupe Guardado during the civil war in El Salvador. The main focus of the novel is Guadalupe and her family attempting to survive during the start of the civil war and the moral choices that are difficult to make.

The main conflict within the novel is that of love versus survival, what is one willing to do in order to maintain self-preservation? During the course of the novel Guadalupeā€™s husband Jose becomes involved in the revolution after their son is killed by the government and has abandoned his family to fight for his cause. At the end of the novel Guadalupe sees a man being beaten by the authorities and recognizes the man has her husband. In this case both members of the family have chosen to fight for their beliefs, the father through the revolution after the death of his son and Guadalupe by remaining silent to preserve what remains of her family when she sees her husband.

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