Miguel Ángel Asturias (1899-1974)

Death: 9th June 1974
Location: Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, France
Photo taken by:  Gede
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Guatemalan writer. Awarded the 1967 Nobel Prize for Literature for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life. 
He was born in Guatemala City and studied law at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. After graduating he travelled to Paris where he continued his education at the Sorbonne where he began writing poetry and fiction. He returned to Guatemala in 1933 and joined the diplomatic corps. In 1954 the government fell and Asturias was forced to live in exile where he became well known as an author.