|Green Pope, the (1954) [Novel]|
by Miguel Angel Asturias
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(From the publisher):
"The Green Pope" is the second volume of Asturias' controversial major work, the Banana Republic trilogy. The setting is the vast stretch of banana plantations in a Central American republic, dominated by and exploited by a powerful North American fruit company.
The Green Pope is George Maker Thompson, a ruthless U.S. founder of the plantations. The passionate narrative begins with the early years of his career when he abandons piracy in the Caribbean and ventures into the steamy interior. There he wrenches land, bit by bit, from the Indians. He falls in love with a young girl, Mayaris, who stirs up the Indians against him and who finally plunges into the river, in bridal white, as a kind of sacrificial suicide. Her mother, Dona Flora, an owner of vast holdings herself, marries Thompson, then dies bearing his daughter. After the plantation grows gigantic and rich, Thompson returns to the U.S. to persuade the government to annex the republic and make him governor.
The climax of this novel, a clash between two monstrous rival fruit companies, reveals what the Nobel Prize committee referred to as the "volcanic vehemence" of Asturias' vistion.
Original title: El Papa Verde
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ World Affairs