Author Humberto Ibarra Explores Central American Literature through Charming Tales

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“Tales of Heights and Depths” tells simple stories that vividly reflects a journey of life, beautiful experiences, worthwhile events, and enduring memories

Guatemala is a land of enchantment, so it is not surprising to find zombies, witchcraft, and magic amid the Mayan ruins. In this enchanting place, readers will find themselves in the wonderful stories told in the pages of author Humberto Ibarra’s Tales of Heights and Depths, a book inspired by the imagery, lyricism, and natural dialogue of its Spanish version, “Cuentos de Sima y Cima”.

“‘Cuentos de Sima y Cima’ falls within a great current of today’s American literature, nourished in various countries by poets and authors who strive for more than imitation, who refuse to be categorized, trying to establish with their work a literature that encompasses not merely a European heritage but also what is distinctly our own, what gives us a reason to exist. That is what’s important,” says Miguel Angel Asturias.

Tales of Heights and Depths are just simple stories, narratives whose topics Ibarra has lived and carried inside him for some time, slices of life that were born and remained blurred memories, awaiting only the fatal explosion—one of those deaths that come down upon a man every day—to come out simple, easily direct, like children who ask his permission to go play with other neighborhood children, and come back with a burden of sadness, perhaps with more purpose, giving me back the strange experience of having lived them beyond his own death. The characters of these tales are part of American life and landscape, the earthiness and heavenliness of Central America.

Bringing Central American literature into everyone’s bookshelf, Ibarra ensures that Tales of Heights and Depths will give readers a memorable experience.

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About the Author
Cristóbal Humberto Ibarra was born in Zacatecoluca on May 9, 1920, and belongs to the literary class of ‘40 known as GRUPO SEIS. In 1944, he was transferred to Guatemala where he worked as a journalist and had the opportunity to fill himself with the rural landscapes and life of that country, which he so accurately describes in his Cuentos de Sima y Cima. Ibarra, a Salvadoran journalist who was exiled to Guatemala, later became the ambassador to Chile and to Argentina. He also wrote a book of poetry as well as a novel that portrays Zacatecoluca, his hometown, and deals with social justice.

Tales of Heights and Depths * by Humberto Ibarra
Publication Date: July 11, 2011
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