Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Miguel Ángel Asturias is best known for his novels, which combine material evocative of Guatemala’s Mayan heritage with impassioned protests against social and political injustice. His theatrical works are considered an important contribution to the Latin American dramatic tradition but have not been widely translated and have made relatively little impact on the world stage. Asturias regarded his plays as a respite from writing fiction and stated that they required literary techniques with which he was not entirely at ease. It seems clear that his reputation will rest on novels such as El Señor Presidente (1946; The President, 1963) and Hombres de maíz (1949; Men of Maize, 1975).