The book portraying both a totalitarian government and its damaging psychological effects. Drawing from his experiences as a journalist writing under repressive conditions, Asturias employs such literary devices as satire to convey the government’s transgressions and surrealistic dream sequences to demonstrate the police state’s impact on the individual psyche.
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Review: The PresidentUser Review - John Gurney - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review
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A scarily brilliant portrayal of a Latin American dictator's increasingly crazy rule, and the way love can change a yes-man into a man with a moral compass. Read full review