Asturias, Miguel Ángel

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Asturias, Miguel Ángel Gender: M
Miguel Ángel Asturias Rosales
born on 18 October 1899 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )
Place Guatemala, Guatemala, 14n38, 90w31
Timezone LMT m90w31 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 25°34' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 28°53 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 03°35'

Alternative birthtime
From biography
Date 19 October 1899 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Guatemala, GUAT, 14n38, 90w31
Timezone LMT m90w31 (is local mean time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 26°03' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 06°00 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 22°10'

Miguel Ángel Asturias


Guatemalan Nobel Prize-winning poet-diplomat, novelist, playwright and journalist. Asturias helped establish Latin American literature's contribution to mainstream Western culture, and at the same time drew attention to the importance of indigenous cultures, especially those of his native Guatemala.

Asturias was raised in Guatemala though he lived a significant part of his adult life abroad. He first lived in Paris in the 1920s where he studied ethnology. Some scholars view him as the first Latin American novelist to show how the study of anthropology and linguistics could affect the writing of literature. While in Paris, Asturias also associated with the Surrealist movement, and he is credited with introducing many features of modernist style into Latin American letters. In this way, he is an important precursor of the Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s.

One of Asturias' most famous novels, El Señor Presidente, describes life under a ruthless dictator. Asturias' very public opposition to dictatorial rule led to him spending much of his later life in exile, both in South America and in Europe. The book that is sometimes described as his masterpiece, Hombres de maíz (Men of Maize), is a defense of Mayan culture and customs. Asturias combined his extensive knowledge of Mayan beliefs with his political convictions, channeling them into a life of commitment and solidarity. His work is often identified with the social and moral aspirations of the Guatemalan people.

After decades of exile and marginalization, Asturias finally received broad recognition in the 1960s. In 1966, he won the Soviet Union's Lenin Peace Prize. The following year he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, only the second Latin American to receive this honor. Asturias spent his final years in Madrid, where he died on 9 June 1974 at the age of 74. He is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 12 April 1939 (Maria Clemencia Amado)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 10 May 1950 (Maria Clemencia Amado)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided entry from civil birth registry (No. 185), dated 19 October 1899, stating he was born yesterday ("ayer") at 10 PM ("a las diez p.m.") at No. 11 ("once") Caballena (or Caballeria?) Avenue. Marriage and divorce data in margin.

Previously Eduardo Castellanos quoted 19 October at 10 AM from a biography, "Homenaje a Miguel Angel Asturias" published by the Ministry of Education of Guatemala in 1974 which states "Nació a las 10:00 de la mañana del 19 de octubre de 1899, en la casa de la 13 avenida 5-5G, zona 1 (funciona una imprenta) frente al mercado Colón, antes Avenida de la Caballería." (born at 10:00 AM).


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (Literature)