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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 .
“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.
“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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