Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Native American Studies. FACE OF THE EARTH, HEART OF THE SKY is a testimonial novel of the Guatemalan civil war of the 1980s that movingly relates the victimization of the indigenous peoples by the National Army and the guerrillas. Gerald Martin writes that this book gives shattering insight into a time of horror and injustice. In writing this important book, Mario Roberto Morales has shown, unforgettably, how the powers and techniques of fiction can still contribute to the testimonial narration of our contemporary human tragedies. The overall effect is stunning.