Guatemala City: Editorial Istmo, 1969. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps, french flaps.
Inscribed first edition of award-winning Guatemalan novelist Mario Roberto Morales's first book. Born in 1947, Morales came of age during the first cycle of armed revolutionary struggle in Guatemala, and was active in the guerrilla movement while he wrote and published this collection of short stories. Incorporating his autobiographical experiences with the linguistic, temporal, and structural experimentation emblematic of the avant-garde Latin American "Boom" movement, Morales's collection of metaphysical vignettes is a stylistically innovative exploration of existential conflict: "La oscuridad era muy negra, y la negrura se torna fria cuando es de noche (from "Ecce Homo"). Morales lived in exile for a time in Costa Rica, but returned to his native Guatemala in the early 90s, and produced numerous novels, essays, and poems to critical acclaim. He remains a prominent Latin American literary figure and leftist intellectual. Inscribed by the author to his student on the front free endpaper: “Para José Racimos / – un estudiante consciente – / a quien espero satisface esta lectura / M. Roberto Morales" ["For José Racimos / a conscientious student / whom I hope this reading satisfies / M. Roberto Morales"]. Text in Spanish. Owner signature to front endpaper. Toning to wraps, light edgewear. Near fine. Uncommon, especially inscribed. Item #2256