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Biography[ edit ] Macal was born on June 28, in Guatemala City. He is considered one of the most popular novelists in Central American literature. Many of his works are based in the departments of Alta Verapaz and Baja Verapaz and are noted for displaying his factual knowledge of the fauna and traditions and the richness of his characters and locations. His personality, like that of men born in the early decades of the twentieth century, was influenced by the long dictatorship of Jorge Ubico , the revolution of and by the so-called liberation movements which occurred in Macal also served some time as a diplomat, and was a consul in Barcelona , Spain.
Later Rodriguez Macal, settled in Santiago, Chile for many years, and was a frequent collaborator of the great newspaper El Mercurio. This forces the subject of the novel to become more adventurous in the jungles of Peten as he seeks fortune out of the plight of his family.
Through this journey he explores the roots of Guatemala history and their ancestors as he matures and becomes a man. The novel addresses the issues facing the hopes and dreams experienced by the young juveniles juxtaposed against the stark reality that confronts them as an adult.
In his words, the forest is more open and more logical than civilisation. Beautiful stories where animals humanize themselves from the jungles of the Central American tropics are told in a colorful story surrounded by the lush greenery of the tropical forest. Main article: Carazamba The novel is a narrative work set in s Guatemala. The novel takes the reader to different latitudes of the country, from the port city of Livingston , Izabal , to the jungle region of Peten.
This novel tells of the misfortunes of the narrator and his steward Pedro. This book, apart from having much action and romance, is told in an emotional style with an element of "disguised" political criticism towards the military government during this period in the country of Guatemala.
Virgilio Rodríguez Macal