Men of Maizeby Miguel Angel Asturias
Social protest and poetry; reality and myth; nostalgia for an uncorrupted, golden past; sensual human enjoyment of the present; 'magic' rather than lineal time, and, above all, a tender, compassionate love for the living, fertile, wondrous land and the struggling, hopeful people of Guatemala.Saturday Review Winner of the 1967 Nobel Prize for Literature
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This novel depicts poetically and crudely the reality between ancient Guatemalan Indians and the new capitalist farmers who seek the usurpation of those old, and someway sacred, lands to cultivate corn (maize). The novel is composed by 6 short stories, which are interconnected each other. Each one depicts a different time in this Indian lands, beginning with Gaspar Ilom (the brave Indian warrior who battles against farmers) and ends in a time when farmers have taken possession of every piece of every land, when nobody remembers Gaspar. This novel is charged with a heavy dose of metaphorical and figurative language, which makes it an intellectually stimulating reading, where you always must be focused to understand what Asturias tries to tell you. Definitely not recommended for novice readers, but highly recommended to advance readers who want to feel a new language, a new metaphor, a new stimulation, a new story.