Item #8979 Mulata. Miguel Angel Asturias, Gregory Rabassa.
Mulata
Mulata

Mulata

New York: Delacorte Press, 1967. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher’s tangerine cloth over siena paper-covered boards, spine stamped in brown, upper board blind stamped, original illustrated dust jacket.

First US edition of Nobel Prize-winning poet and novelist Miguel Asturias’s last novel. Born in Guatemala City a year after dictator Manuel Estrada Cabrera assumed office, Asturias spent his formative years in the rural region of Salama, his father internally exiled for opposing the regime. Enduring a series of repressive regimes during his upbringing, he became a prominent political activist with a lifelong interest in Mayan culture, fleeing to Argentina with his wife after a right-wing coup. When that country took a turn to the political right, he moved yet again, to Genoa, where he wrote this novel. Intertwining Mayan mythology and Catholicism to craft an allegorical critique of the Church, the story centers on a Guatemalan peasant and his wife and their entanglements with a witch. Translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa, who played a pivotal role in introducing Latin American fiction to English-speaking audiences, his most notable contribution being the translation of Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (1970). Originally published in Argentina in 1963. White Out to signature on upper pastedown. Unclipped dust jacket with some edgewear and soiling. Very good. Item #8979

$75.00

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