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A writer of the Argentine tragedy

Ernesto Sábato, an Argentine writer who, with only three novels, and some poems, became a place in Argentine literature.

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  Ernesto Sabato   (Buenos Aires, 1911- 2011) was a writer and essayist   argentinian   of remarkable public impact. Away from physics in 1945, where he reached a university chair, with only three   novels   , and, some   poems   , was made of a space in the   argentinian literature   . His allegorical style, influenced by European existentialism, led in his final years towards painting.

Collaborator since the forties of the magazine Sur de Victoria Ocampo, with “El túnel” (1948) he gets the attention of readers, something that is increased with León Klimovsky's early film version. For those years his figure began to have weight in the media arena, with positions in the public administration, and controversial writings such as “The case   Sabato   : torture and   freedom of the press   . Open letter to the general   Aramburu   “. The appearance of “On Heroes and Tombs” (1961), and that famous first chapter “Report on the Blind”, are definitely in the canon   national   . With the novel of biographical dyes “Abaddón, the Exterminator” (1974) he concludes a fictional universe that represents his   philosophy   tragic and its major humanistic themes.

With the return of the   democracy   , and simultaneously to win the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, chaired the   CONADEP   , which investigated and recorded the   crimes   against humanity of the   dictatorship   . Possibly the “Never Again” is his greatest legacy to   argentines   .

A way to know your     literature         is to visit Barracas, La Boca, Belgrano or Lezama Park in   Buenos Aires   book in hand, like his characters Martin, Alejandra and Fernando in “About heroes and tombs”, and recreate, reflect, experience, those passions and shadows that   Sabato   describes in the         national identity       .  

He says   Ernesto Sabato  

“The great   novel   he does not only the knowledge of man but to his salvation. And this task, far from being a luxury of individuals indifferent to the suffering of classes or   villages   miserable, is a key to the rescue of man crushed by the sinister structure of Modern Times.”

In Sartre vs. Sartre, or the transcendent mission of the novel. Buenos Aires: South Publishing House 1971.


They say about   Ernesto Sabato  

“Few   writers     argentines   have deepened with as much conviction as   Sabato   the idea of the   literature   as a sacred area, as a problematic site but at the same time as a source of a knowledge of salvation that must be ritually assumed by its officials” in Jorge Rivera.

Sábato, custodian of Letters. Los Libros Magazine. Buenos Aires, 1969.

Publication Date: 24/06/2020

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