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The President by Miguel Ángel Asturias
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Apr 03, 2007

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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 how women are forced into prostitution, torture of a newly born infant just to coerce the mother to say what she does not know, illegal expropriation committed by the legal jurisdiction, etc, etc.

The style of the book is indeed literary: fanciful metaphors and analogies together with scores of forward and backward movements along the time. All these factors make the book an interesting one to read.
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