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Manlio Argueta is a poet, which is a problem for “Cuzcatlan” (the name derives from an pre-Columbian Indian civilization in the area of what is now the coastal region of El Salvador). Not that there isn’t compelling material here – perhaps a surplus of it – a riven family, a bitter and brutal civil war, illness, death, bone-breaking poverty. Fate is to choose between indigo mills or disappearing into a mine. Even driving pigs to market can be a hazardous proposition. The family at the center of ...more
Argueta was born in San Miguel (El Salvador) on November 24, 1935. Argueta has stated that his exposure to “poetic sounds” began during his childhood and that his foundation in poetry stemmed from his childhood imagination. Argueta’s interest in literature was strongly influenced by the world literature he read as a teenager. Argueta began his writing career by the age of 13 as a poet. He cites Pa ...moreMore about Manlio Argueta...