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"Asturias has achieved in a splendid manner a grotesque and almost asphyxiating conception of the total state. When the reader puts down the novel, he does so with a feeling of compassion and, at the same time, relief that he has not had to live through similar circumstances." -- T. B. Irving, Inter-American Review of Bibliography
"Asturias leaves no doubt about what it is like to be tortured, or what it is like to work for a man who is both omnipotent and depraved." -- Times Literary Supplement
Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Arguedas (trans. by Barraclough), Deep Rivers (ISBN 9781577662440); Arguedas (trans. by Barraclough), Yawar Fiesta (ISBN 9781577662457); Azuela, Los de Abajo: Novela de la Revolucion Mexicana (ISBN 9780881336627); Azuela (trans. by Fornoff), The Underdogs (ISBN 9781577662419).See all Editorial Reviews
Well written, eye opening, but also depressing. If you're looking for an upbeat story, don't read this. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Eve Aldred
Difficult to get into, but worth it. An insider's view of life under a dictatorship. Insightful, painful, realistic.Published 1 month ago by CT
An astonishing book in its language and scope. It is relevant today just. As much as when written.Published 6 months ago by Ernest Craige Jr.
Ordered it for my niece. Got what she wanted so all is good.Published 9 months ago by Syed Muneeb Hasan
The typeface in this reprint edition of a great and important novel is absurdly small. If you're over 50, order a magnifying glass to go along with it.Published 12 months ago by yodeling harry
Should be required reading for anyone wanting to get a handle on our southern neighbors and what their people have suffered.Published 21 months ago by M C Kubiak
It's fascinating and it's written well. It poetic and takes you to a different world with its language. Its great!Published 21 months ago by David