Miguel Mármol

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ISBN 978-0-915306-67-1
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
503 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.4

Miguel Mármol

Roque Dalton

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.
About the Author

Roque Dalton García (San Salvador, El Salvador, 14 May 1935 – Quezaltepeque, El Salvador, 10 May 1975) was a leftist Salvadoran poet, essayist, journalist, and activist. He is considered one of Latin America's most compelling poets. He wrote emotionally strong, sometimes sarcastic, and image-loaded works dealing with life, death, love, and politics. In 1975, he was executed by members of the People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) after getting into a dispute with their leader. He is remembered for his bohemian lifestyle and the jovial, irreverent personality reflected in his literary work, as well as his commitment to social causes in El Salvador. Dalton's writing includes almost 15 poetry collections, a novel, a personal testimony, and a play, as well as short stories, critiques, and essays on both literature and politics.

Kathleen Ross is a translator of books that include Facundo: Civilization and Barbarism and The Initials of the Earth.

Richard Schaaf is a translator who has translated many works into English, including those of Pablo Neruda.


"...an extraordinary literary document and political resource, a book one wants to read, think through and quote from..." —The Nation

"An insightful history that reads like an adventure novel. It ranks among the world's great revolutionary literature."  —The Guardian

"The story and its message make this a provocative and important book." —San Francisco Chronicle Review