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A Beauty That Hurts

Life and Death in Guatemala

By George Lovell  

A Beauty That Hurts

$28.95 – Available for purchase on September 12th, 2019

When A Beauty that Hurts was first published in 1995, Guatemala was still one of the world’s most flagrant violators of human rights. Now that a measure of “peace” has come to the country, George Lovell revisits the land that he “fell in love with” to reassess and revise his classic account of the evil that was perpetrated by Guatemala’s military-dominated state on its Maya peoples.

A Beauty That Hurts frames the armed conflict that raged in Guatemala, off and on from 1960 to 1996, in historical, cultural, and political context. It also examines the shortcomings of the Peace Accord signed over two decades ago, concluding that the social and economic inequalities that triggered upheaval in the first place have yet to be addressed.

  • Paperback / softback, 288 pages
  • ISBN 9781771134545
  • Coming September 2019


George Lovell is one of the few outsiders who has penetrated to the heart of the hideous tragedy that burns amid Guatemala’s beauty. He takes us there with style, originality, and calm understanding in this wise and moving book.

– Ronald Wright, author of Time Among the Maya and Stolen Continents

This is a true “Guatemala Guide.” George Lovell didn’t choose Guatemala—he was chosen by this land, in a magic way, to tell us about the shining voices that whisper in the heart of darkness.

– Eduardo Galeano, author of Open Veins of Latin America and Memory of Fire

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