Rafael Arévalo Martínez

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Rafael Arévalo Martínez (born July 25, 1884 in Guatemala City or Quetzaltenango ; † June 12, 1975 ibid) was a Guatemalan novelist , essayist , poet and representative of the Generación de 1910 or del Cometa . He also taught as a professor for Castellano and headed the Guatemalan national library for 18 years .


Arévalo first attended a coeducational school called Escuela Mixta de doña Concepción Aguilar, then the Colegio de don Luis Castellanos and later the Colegio de San José de los Infantes. In 1913 he founded the magazine " Juan Chapín ", named after the writer. His best-known work is El Hombre que parecía un Caballo , which he published for the first time in 1915 and was for many years the best-known Latin American short story. In the late 1920s he became director of the national library and held this position until he was appointed Guatemalan representative to the Pan-American Union (now the Organization of American States ) in 1946.

Arévalo, who was considered the political and literary opponent of Miguel Ángel Asturias , was awarded the Grand Cross of the Nicaraguan " Rubén Darío " order and the Guatemalan Quetzal order .

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  1. a b Rafael Arévalo Martínez (Spanish), Biografías y Vidas, 2004.
  2. Rafael Arevalo Martinez ( Memento of the original from January 29, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Spanish), deGuate.com, November 26, 2007. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.deguate.com
  3. Rafael Arévalo Martínez in the Encyclopædia Britannica (English).
  4. ^ Mariano Jimenez II; Mariano G. Jiménez: Rafael Arévalo Martínez (1884-1975) (Spanish), January 1, 2004.