Miguel Marmol

Miguel Marmol

Miguel Marmol

Miguel Marmol


Miguel Mármol is the testimony of a revolutionary, as recorded by Salvadoran writer, Roque Dalton, which documents the historical and political events of El Salvador through the first decades of the 20th century. This Latin American classic describes the growth and development of the workers' movement and the communist party in El Salvador and Guatemala, and contains Mármol's impressions of post-revolutionary Russia in the twenties, describing in vivid detail the brutality and repression of the Martínez dictatorship and the reemergence of the workers' movement after Martínez was ousted. It also gives a broad and clear picture of the lives of the ordinary peasant and worker in Central America, their sufferings, their hopes and their struggles.


There are books without which an understanding of a particular time or place would not be complete. Jack London's prose opens a window on the great northwest. Without Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop we would not know the southwest as we do. We owe our knowledge of the iron range to Rebecca Harding Davis, our image of the south to William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston. In Central America there are books that are records. Mamita Yunay is such a book. And Miguel Mármol.

Most people in the United States have no idea that the first "soviets" in Latin America were in El Salvador. Indeed, most Salvadorans, if they depended on the history texts taught them in school, would not count within their collective memory an uprising so powerful, a rebellion of impoverished farmers and workers so complete that it took the slaughter of 30,000 human beings to wipe it from official time.

Miguel Mármol is a book that sets the record straight -- for Salvadorans, for North Americans, and for anyone else interested in this century's history in a country that daily claims our interest through a conflict no amount of covert or overt aid will quell.

Roque Dalton -- revolutionary poet, political analyst -- is the only one who could have written this book. His was a passion for his country's history so insatiable and a knowledge of its culture so deep, that there was practically no area of research, during . . .

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