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The Angel Of Darkness

Sabato, Ernesto

ISBN 10: 0345360508 / ISBN 13: 9780345360502
Published by Ballantine Books, 1991
Used Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket Hardcover
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New York. 1991. Ballantine Books. 1st American Printing. Very Good In Dustjacket. 437 pages. October 1991. hardcover. Ernesto Sábato was born in 1911 in Rojas, Argentina. He is of Italian descent, his mother having been a member of the Cavalcanti family. He showed an early interest in both writing and painting, but went to an engineering school, as he says, ‘for family reasons.’ At nineteen he became involved in his country’s turbulent political situation and was forced into temporary exile. Suffering violent attacks from both the extreme Left and the extreme Right, he returned to Argentina to earn his living as a journalist, radio and motion-picture librarian, publicity man, book editor, translator, ana tutor. He has traveled widely in both Europe and the United States. His first book, ‘a sort of dictionary of my life,’ was published in 1945, and won him several Argentine literary prizes. THE OUTSIDER (El Tunel), his second book, was an immediate success in Spanish and became the first Argentine novel to be translated for publication by the Nouvelle Revue Française when Albert Camus and Roger Caillois recommended it for French readers. Sábato is married and has two sons. He lives in a suburb of Buenos Aires. Aside from writing, he says, he has two ambitions: to play folk music on the accordion and to paint well. Jacket design by James R. Harris. Jacket photograph copyright (c) 1991 by Frederic L. Dodnick. 0345360508. keywords: 40293. inventory # 15454. FROM THE PUBLISHER - With his first two novels, THE TUNNEL and ON HEROES AND TOMBS, Ernesto Sabato placed himself at the forefront of the contemporary renaissance in Latin American literature, a literary movement that has brought such supremely gifted writers as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Jorge Luis Borges to the attention of the world. Like these writers, Sabato distilled a compelling and wildly imaginative art from the suffering and political turmoil of Latin America. But nothing in Sabato’s distinguished career has prepared his readers for the dazzling tour de force of this novel. The Angel of Darkness is extraordinary for its complexity of vision, breadth of scope, and the variety of lives and emotions Sabato captures. It is without question the crowning achievement of a daring, even revolutionary literary career. In the teeming, corrupt, endlessly fascinating city of Buenos Aires, in the watershed year of 1973, an idealistic, innocent, tenderly raised young man is tortured to death by a government goon squad for the crime of political hope. Far across the immensity of the Argentine capital, a drunken outcast named Loco sees a vision of a seven-headed dragon breathing fire across the night sky - a portent of the apocalypse revealed to him alone. In a shabby apartment littered with defaced pictures of famous writers, a fanatical youth named Nacho suffers the tortures of the damned because his beloved sister has betrayed him and his hero writer - Sabato - has sold out to the middle class. What thread unwinds through the labyrinth of Buenos Aires to connect these three seemingly insignificant human dramas? How do they fit into a vast, intricate tapestry composed of swinish German refugees and mysterious Hungarian aristocrats, of seances in darkened cellars and scintillating Hollywood gossip spouted in elegant drawing rooms, of political subterfuge and literary betrayal, of desperate passion and grinding poverty? What, above all, do these nightmarish events have to do with the life and work of Sabato, the tortured, uncompromising physicist-turned-writer who is both the author of The Angel of Darkness and its central character? In tracing the hidden links between these apparently random people and events, Sabato - the character and the creator of this book-brings to light a subterranean network of evil that steals through the city like a secret plague, a network in which torture, fanaticism, and sheer inhuman blindness conspire to engulf society. As piece af. Bookseller Inventory # 15454

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Title: The Angel Of Darkness

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Dustjacket

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A novel by the award-winning Argentinian author of "On Heroes and Tombs". Set in teeming, corrupt Buenos Aires in the watershed year of 1973, it creates a portrait of a city, a culture and the tortured soul of a man who dares to look truth in the face.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish

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