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Mirrors of War

Literature and Revolution in El Salvador

Edited by Gabriela Yanes, Manuel Sorto and Lyn Sorto  Retold by Horacio Castellanos Moya  Translated by Keith Ellis  

  • Paperback / softback

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A superb collection of prose and poetry that springs directly from the revolution in El Salvador. The literature vibrates with a sense of anger and irony, urgency and hope, against a backdrop of oppression and brutality.

  • Paperback / softback, 152 pages
  • ISBN 9780919946576
  • Published October 1985


When a people make a revolution, their entire culture becomes revolutionary. This has been true of Nicaragua. It is also proving true in the case of El Salvador, where a whole new literature (poetry and prose) is erupting directly out of the heroism of the people. This is what this book brings together. And this, in my view, is the historical importance of this book.

– Ernesto Cardenal

Professor Ellis’s translation effectively conveys to English readers the power and immediacy of the original language, with its frequent use of first-person narration, the evocation of the rhythms and idioms of popular speech, and the images of peasant life in the midst of war’s brutality and disruption.

Canadian Book Review Annual

Mirrors of War is a ‘cinematographic’ compilation of mature prose and poetry reflecting the Salvadoran revolution’s moods from lyrical to brutal, and including the country’s famous poet Roque Dalton.

The Guardian

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