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Miguel Ángel Asturias

Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist Miguel Ángel Asturias

Profession: Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist


Why Famous: Famous for his novels "El Señor President" which described life under a ruthless dictator and "Hombres de Maíz" which championed Mayan culture and customs.

In 1967 he became only the second Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Born: October 19, 1899
Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Libra

Died: June 9, 1974 (aged 74)

Historical Events

  • 1967-12-10 Guatemalan author Miguel Ángel Asturias is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm