Roque Dalton García (2546 words)

James Knight (Independent Scholar - Europe)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Share on Facebook Tweet Report an Error

Roque Dalton was a Salvadoran poet, novelist, historian and essayist. Almost as famous for his radical political activism as for his challenging, genre-bending literary works, Dalton is for many people the quintessential Latin American revolutionary poet.

He was a central figure among the Salvadoran literary group known as the Committed Generation that emerged in the 1950s. This group of writers grew up under the repressive regime of the fascist General Maximiliano Martínez, whose twelve-year dictatorship was infamously inaugurated with the brutal suppression of a peasant uprising that resulted in the massacre of between 10,000 and 40,000 peasants. Profoundly anti-democratic, the Martínez government banned all political …

We have have no profile for this entry. If you are a qualified scholar and you wish to write for The Literary Encyclopedia, please click here to contact us.

Knight, James. "Roque Dalton García". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 January 2013
[, accessed 20 November 2018.]

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.