Foreword and acknowledgements; Table of contents; Introduction; 1. The tales that no one believes: Layendas de Guatemala; 2. Becoming ants after the harvest: Hombres de maiz; 3. If all the dead began to walk the Earth would be full of steps: Mulata de tal; 4. Conclusion: from death unto life; Bibliography; Index.
Rene Prieto examines how Miguel Angel Asturias turns to the cultural traditions of the ancient Maya to produce three highly complex and widely misunderstood masterpieces.
"The main strengths of Prieto's study are that in sustaining a particular aooroach to Austria's indigenismo, he causes the three chosen works to illuminate each other, as part of a highly defined series." Gordon Brotherston, Modern Language Notes