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El Señor Presidente

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La novela El Señor Presidente se llamó primero Los mendigos políticos. Era un cuento que Miguel Ángel Asturias ya tenía escrito cuando en 1923 partió de Guatemala para instalarse en Europa. Asturias había sido testigo desde muy joven de la situación de desigualdad entre las clases, de la explotación injusta del campesinado y de la sensación palpable del miedo a los horrore

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Paperback, 6th edition, 428 pages
Published 2005 by Cátedra (first published 1946)
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Adi
One of the finest novels you will ever read. It will tear your heart out and all the while make you feel as if something magical is happening. Asturias is a deft weaver of stories, not to mention a grandfather of the magical realism genre in literature. He wrote all his books in Spanish, of course, and I, of course, had to read the translated verions, which must suffer from the kind of loss all translations suffer, and yet, I cannot fathom how this novel could be any better than it is. The essen ...more
Becky
I just finished this novel and it was an exhausting and depressing read. Don't get me wrong; it is a fantastic novel and well worth the time and emotional investment. Asturias writes in an almost poetic prose that really draws you in. His characters are engaging and his settings are such that I was able to really visualize his scenes. The story itself is sad and his words carry you along like a silent observer of some hateful crime that you are unable to prevent but of which you are almost omnis ...more
Isaac VR
Esta novela es una joya que no me había dado tiempo de apreciar. Le agarré amor hasta el tercer intento tercera vuelta.
A grandes rasgos, narra los efectos de la dictadura del Señor Presidente en la vida de los pobladores de un país sin nombre.
Es una novela todavía con muchos tintes de novela de principios del siglo XX, narraciones esperpénticas al estilo de Valle-Inclán y pasajes cargados de una fuerza poética incomparable.

No es un libro que atrapa desde las primeras páginas, de hecho hay que ll
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حسين العُمري
استمد الكاتب ميغيل انخيل استورياس هذه الرواية من سنوات حكم الديكتاتور كابريرا الذي حكم جمهورية جواتيمالا لسنوات طويلة، هذه الرواية تحكي بشكل دامٍ الكوارث التي يخلفها الاستبداد في روح الشعب وأيامه ومستقبله وكرامته ، ما يحدثه المستبد من شروخ في الجسد الوطني وما يتبع ذلك من فضائع على المستوى الفردي ، النهب والقتل والتلاعب بالقوانين واستخدام السلطة في التنكيل بالآخرين بلا ذنب أو تهمة غالباً ، تحويل الزعيم الأوحد إلى صنم تدور حوله كل الدولة والشعب والقيادات وهو وحده مصدر السلطات وعليه تنعقد آمال الوص ...more
Jose Luis
Como dicen por ahí: "This book is one massive, paranoid nightmare." Una visión profunda y ejemplar de lo que es una dictadura. Se suele vincular con el realismo mágico, pero yo no termino de verlo. Lo que hay es un parentesco inmediato con Tirano Banderas, como si fuera una especie de reflejo -como no podía ser de otro modo- deformado. Pese a lo artificioso del lenguaje de Valle frente al de Asturias -a la vez "literario" y muy elaborado, y cercano al habla popular de su tierra-, y a la mayor pr ...more
Adam Cherson
I rate this book a 4.39 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being best. I read this book in Spanish so my review does not enter into aspects of translation. Asturias knows from experience that sanguinary myths can sustain men (e.g., Estrada Cabrera's last days, the Maya-Kiche Myth of Tohil); his effort in the novel is to expose the shoddiness and inhumanity of authoritarianism, to expose and deflate the figure of the Dictator so that the myth can, once and for all, be abandoned, and the work of improvin ...more
WestEndBookie
Para quienes disfrutan el realismo mágico de la literatura latinoamericana, este libro de Asturias les permitirá vislumbrar desde esa perspectiva la cultura dictatorial de América Central y del Sur en el siglo XX. Aunque Asturias no es tan conocido como García Márquez u otros autores latinoamericanos populares, el haber ganado el Premio Nobel con esta obra lo coloca en la vanguardia del género del realismo mágico.
Ragheed
"حائزة على جائزة نوبل للادب"
قلت لنفسي ربما تستحق القراءة ... لم لا ...
منذ الصفحة الاولى و الدهشة تمتلكني من طريقة وصفه العجيبة و طريقة تصويره للاشياء و الاحداث ...
رواية رائعة جدا ... تستحق القراءة بجدارة
Kate Savage
"No hay que dar esperanzas. ¿Cuándo entenderás que no hay que dar esperanzas? En mi casa, lo primero, lo que todos debemos saber, hasta el gato, es que no se dan esperanzas de ninguna especie a nadie. En estos puestos se mantiene uno porque hace lo que le ordenan y la regla de conducta del Señor Presidente es no dar esperanza; y pisotearlos y zurrarse en todos porque sí."

Extraordinary book, sunk deep in the dismal world in a Latin American dictatorship (based on Guatemala under Cabrera). Not jus
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عبد السلام الحايك
قرأت هذا الكتاب أثناء وجودي في السجن عام 1991، وكان صادماً بعمقه وتعريته للاستبداد وما يفعله بالبشر، الجميل في الكتاب هو تجربة الانشقاق وتحمل تبعات اتخاذ السبيل الصحيح مهما كانت مؤلمة ومفجعة.
Maria
Dictatorship? Here it's one of the best description of dictatorial power... El mal que domina y predomina...
Harry Rutherford
The President is my book from Guatemala for the Read The World challenge. I’m probably going to count it it towards Scavella’s Caribbean Reading Challenge as well, although I haven’t really worked out my list for that yet. It comes with one high recommendation: Asturias was, as it says on the cover, ‘Winner! Nobel Prize for Literature’.

It is a book about life under a dictatorship; at the beginning a Colonel is murdered under slightly freakish circumstances, and the repercussions spread out from
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Alejandro Canton-Dutari
I must state that I recently read the Kindle Edition of the book... Asturias develops a superb plot aimed at scrutinizing the politics of many of the Latin American dictatorships that were rampant in the Twentieth Century. It is interesting that, as was common among these daring authors, his work was published in Paris and not in Guatemala City -- he probably wouldn't have survived in his home country.
Asturias' use of regionalisms always leads to having to provide a glossary, adding to the learn
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Bob
As Vladimov did in Faithful Ruslan, Asturias' unnamed dictatorship turns the strengths and best impulses of its citizens against them, twisting, tormenting, and finally destroying them -- it really is darkest at the dawn. Oddly, this adds suspense to a story whose outcome is foreordained and adds force to the depiction of the regimes cruelty.
Largely written in Paris in the 1920's, the style reflects modernist experiments, happily, to my eye. I especially enjoyed the pieced together crowd conve
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Eliana Rivero
Me recordó mucho a Yo, el Supremo de Roa Bastos por todo este rollo de los dictadores y tratar de escribir una versión paródica pero dramática que trate de reflejar parte de lo que se vive en un país bajo la dictadura. Eso sí, es muy cruel y cruda, aunque hay pasajes tan absurdos que no queda más que sonreír. Miguel Cara de Ángel (bello y malo como Satán) y en realidad, todos los personajes, son muy bien construidos. Y sí, a veces algunos de estos personajes se pasan de grotescos.
Andrew
This book is one massive, paranoid nightmare. While it drags a bit at times, it's still solid. Not only is it a classic Latin American dictator novel and one of the first magical realist works, it's also worth reading as a surrealist work. Like a Latino Kafka, Asturias scrapes the darkest corners of the paranoiac mind for material, gathering them into a slightly shabby but cohesive whole.
Isabel
So beautiful, and sad. One moment you think everything is lost, but then is not, and then it is worst than you thought.
Edward Sullivan
A grim, sometimes satirical portrait of life under a totalitarian regime in an unidentified Latin American country.
Tefi Beltran
uno de los trabajos más exquisitos del autor
Daniel
Asturias was a bit miffed that Garcia-Marquez got all the thunder for fantastic realism when he (Asturias) arguably did it first. The President is a very accessible entry into the world of the fantastic, mythical, and highly critical (of institutions like the church and government) world of South American literature. Definitely worth reading—but the ending is not happy.

Update: I am re-reading this and re-discovering how well-written it is. Asturias' narrative style and his manipulation of langua
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John Gurney
A wonderful novel about a terrible topic, The President won the Nobel Prize in literature for Miguel Angel Asturias. A Latin American dictator rules through fear and arbitrariness. The most careful lackey can die on an enemy's vicious rumor hitting the President's ears. Whimsical decisions bring imprisonment, poverty, and death to favorites. The third-person narrator focuses on one favorite, Angel Face, and his sinister plot to kidnap Camilia, the daughter of General Canales, when he is arrested ...more
Val
There is nothing wrong with this book, but for some reason I kept putting it down and reading something else instead. I think it could have been the bilious yellow cover putting me off. I realised six months after reading the book, that I had not actually written a proper review.

This is a polemic against dictatorship and its effects. It incorporates dream sequences, folk traditions and magic realism to show how life under a clearly deranged autocrat is only rarely logical and the truth is rarely
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Johan Garcia
Situated around de different characters who are imprisoned, oppressed, marginalized or favored by a despotic leader with a hypocritical facade of democracy, Asturias writes of story of a Latin American society grappling with the craziness of an authoritative government. With the main character, "Cara de Angel", the so called "favorito del president," we enter as readers into a world of escape, rebelliousness, redemption, and ultimately, betrayal, where where true change and a considerate mentali ...more
علی
El Señor Presidente 1946,
زیباترین وصف در مورد طبیعت دیکتاتوری و رژیم های تمامیت خواه؛ آقای رییس جمهور یکی از شاهکارهای آستوریاس است، رمانی که در کنار یکی دو اثر دیگر او نظیر "مردان ذرتی"، آستوریاس را شایسته ی دریافت نوبل کرد. اصل داستان از زندگی مانوئل استرادا کابررا، رییس جمهور دیکتاتور گواتمالا در سال های 1898 تا 1920 الهام گرفته شده. شخصیتی که تقریبن هرگز در رمان ظاهر نمی شود اما با واسطه ی کاریکاتورهایی که اوامر صادر شده یا نشده ی او را ابلاغ و اجرا می کنند، خوف حضور سنگینش همه جا احساس می
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khashayar
This is a narrative of dreary life under the totalitarian regime ruled by El señor Presidente, Cabrera, who ran the country monstrously. There is a love-story set in the novel, where the favourite crony of 'The President', being assigned to eliminate General Canales, fell in love with the General's daughter. Right from the beginning, the affair is bound to be tragic. Nevertheless, this is not the only tragedy to be encountered in the book. Indeed, the novel is fraught with tragedy, pictures of h ...more
Jennifer
Sep 02, 2007 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't suffer from depression or insomnia
A story about a handful people in a unnamed Latin American country under a totalitarian government. The writing was at times beautiful with exceptionally haunting dream sequences. It helped me understand how a government can use the hearts and minds of a people against each other and for it's own destructive purposes. If you've ever wondered how a repressive government could be in power for so long without the people turning against it, this book will shed some light on that. I gave it three sta ...more
Dan Cas
A sad book, but a very realistic view of what was like to live in Guatemala during the dictatorship (and maybe even now), how the story develops it is indeed magical. If you want an ending that makes you do that "I dont belive it" face you have to read this book
Sandra Zaid
Mesmerized by this Major novel of a Guatemalan who won a Nobel Prize. I had denied him the opportunity to make it to my shelf and when I finally got the book and open it's first page I couldn't put it down. Realismo Màgico en Su màxima expresión. Me encanta!!
Chris
I woke up the next morning after reading this turning the ideas and characters over in my mind. Beautiful, intense and careful in its systematic destruction of hope within the world it presents.
Corey
I think I can fairly say that this is the first book I've read in my life that I loved, but am so incredibly relieved to have finished. It is a brilliant book with descriptions that are incredibly vivid and poignant. The words and phrases Angel Asturias uses are like none other I've read before. I think perhaps for this reason, the brutality of the book has such a big impact on the reader - or at least it did on me. I was kept up at night and had nightmares because of this book. I've read even m ...more
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Guatemalan poet, novelist, diplomat, and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1967. Asturias's writings combine the mysticism of the Maya with epic impulse toward social protest. His most famous novel is EL SEÑOR PRESIDENTE (1946), about life under the rule of a ruthless dictator. Asturias spent much of his life in exile because of his public opposition to dictatorial rule.
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