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His writing career began with poetry produced at the age of thirteen. He later studied law at the University of El Salvador , but concentrated on his poetic work. In , although he was relatively unknown at the time, he won first prize at the " Floral Games of San Miguel", sponsored by the Alberto Masferrer Society of Professors.
All of its members were great admirers of Jean-Paul Sartre and existentialism. The group sought to create social change to benefit the "lower classes", but they also initiated a rediscovery of native cultural heritage. Roque Dalton was, perhaps, its best known member. Because of his writings criticizing the government, he was forced to go into self-exile in Costa Rica.
He was there from until and worked primarily as a teacher. A characteristic of his writing style, present in the majority of his works, is the use of Salvadoran Spanish vernacular and slang. One Day of Life[ edit ] Argueta is best known for his book One Day of Life, which has been translated into over 12 languages. The book takes the reader through one day of the life of Lupe, a grandmother in a small village of El Salvador.
Although she is not very educated, she relates her personal observations, as well as accounts of friends and relatives, to paint a picture of the brutality with which the Salvadoran army treated the lower class during this time period. And as we began to arrive at this awareness, this place filled up with authorities wishing to impose order, omnipotent, with their automatics as they call them. From time to time they come to see how we are behaving, who has to be taken away, who has to be beaten to be taught a lesson.
By accepting their role in life, the overworked and underpaid lower class would supposedly receive a place in heaven. The soul also exists, he would tell me. It is of little importance to know where it is going. It is the soul of the people that lives here on earth. Argueta had to publish his work from Argentina after fleeing to Costa Rica.
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