Both authors follow their own revolutionary steps in Nicaraguan literature.
Giaconda Belli, while writing works like “El infinito la palma de la mano”, she challenges the typical telling of the story of Genesis by putting a very human and feminine spin on Eve’s time in paradise.
The Flowers of Literature in Nicaragua As a flowering nation, Nicaragua has an interesting and varied past.
It is an old land with roots dating back to pre-Columbian cultures like the Chorotega, a maize raising people with elected officials.
Works like “Azul”, “Prosas profanas y otros poemas”, and “Cantos de vida y esperanza” each marking his journey starting from being heavily influenced by the symbolists to paying less homage to structure and taking on heavier subjects like American imperialism.
He revolutionized poetry in the 20th century and paved the way for other authors such as, Giaconda Belli and the Reverend Father Ernesto Cardenal.
Cardenal participated in the “April Revolution” of 1954 and subsequently, when change came, became the Minister of Culture of Nicaragua.Therefore, Cardenal is an interesting figure because he had an active hand in shaping the country’s literary and cultural landscape.Nicaragua is currently the only Central American country to have received recognition by UNESCO in that manner; however, other masterpieces of literature have been penned by Nicaraguan writers.The father of modernism, Ruben Darío, started a revolution in writing that blended the sensibilities of neoclassicism with the potent imagery of symbolism.
Her work pushes the boundaries of what can be expected of a female author in Nicaragua and even the world.
Like Giaconda Belli, Ernesto Cardenal is a revolutionary, in both senses of the word.