Margarita, está linda la mar (1998) by Sergio Ramírez presents the reader with two key periods in Nicaraguan history: Ruben Darío’s return to Nicaragua in 1916 and the assassination of Anastasio Somoza in 1956. Through parody and artistic license, the narrator demystifies these grand figures of Nicaragua, highlighting the cultural, historical, and political ties between the modernist poet and the struggle for freedom under the Somoza dictatorship. As a result, a metaphorical space is created where discourse about historical figures is freed from previous ideological constraints allowing the reader to more completely explore the relationships between past and present.

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Brian Chandler is an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His research focuses on contemporary Latin American literature with an emphasis on Mexican theater and narrative. He is currently working on a manuscript about the intersection of historiography, theater, and fiction in contemporary Mexican literature.

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