La Pájara Pinta

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La Pájara Pinta


López Vallecillos and novelist Manlio Argueta founded the literary magazine La Pájara Pinta -- literally, "the painted bird," a reference to a child's song and to the fact that it was printed in color -- in San Salvador in 1966. Its first issues featured work by mostly foreign authors in translation. But it soon began printing poems and essays by established Central American writers such as Roque Dalton and Ernesto Cardenal whom mainstream newspapers and magazines would no longer publish due to their left-wing views. As El Salvador's political climate grew more polarized, and as popular organizations faced increasing military repression, La Pájara Pinta's content grew more openly political and challenging to the country's conservative order. Many poets who later joined guerrilla movements in the 1970s published their first works there. La Pájara Pinta was closed by the military during its invasion and occupation of the national university campus in 1972.


La Pájara Pinta

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Roque Dalton in La Pájara Pinta, December 1966
López Vallecillos and the novelist Manlio Argueta founded La Pájara Pinta in January 1966 as a literary newspaper, but it soon took a more political bent as El Salvador's society grew more polarized in the face of state repression of unions and…

La Pájara Pinta, December 1968
This is issue no. 36 of La Pájara Pinta, an influential and pioneering literary and political journal that was published in San Salvador from 1966 to 1972. It featured poems and essays by left-wing authors, many of them in exile and others who later…
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