Stories from Guatemala.
Storie dal Guatemala.
Los devoradores de mazapán * Mario Chavarría Gonzáles
(con le illustrazioni di Ruth Angulo) Carvajal Educación S.A. Literatura infanttil – Novela Guatemalteca
Editorial Norma – Ciudad de Guatemala , agosto 2013
I was myself immersed together with Ximena in the bowels and labyrinths of the old Capital of Guatemala: La Antigua, in search of the “Book of Answers”.
I found a delicate, and gentle reading, though I had to emphasize (and then look for) many words that, since I am not Catalan mother tongue, allowed me to increase my vocabulary. The style used by the author Mario Chavarría González is particular: a mixture of real facts with other imaginative and again others that leave you with so many questions. The choice of the name for the young protagonist, Ximena, whose Jewish meaning is “the one who listens to voices”, makes it clear from the beginning of the narrative…
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