The Angel Of Darkness

Sabato, Ernesto

Published by Ballantine Books, 1991
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New York. 1991. Ballantine Books. 1st American Printing. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Spanish by Andrew Hurley. 437 pages. October 1991. hardcover. Jacket design by James R. Harris. Jacket photograph copyright (c) 1991 by Frederic L. Dodnick. ISBN: 0345360508. 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 Sabatoís 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 after piece of this immense puzzle falls into place, we are caught up in a riveting drama of the endless, ferocious struggle between good and evil. In the end, the novelís mounting suspense explodes in a conclusion that is as intellectually enlightening as it is emotionally devastating. In The Angel of Darkness, Sabato creates a portrait of a city, a culture, the tortured soul of a man who dares to look truth in the face, and, finally, an overwhelming portrait of our time. It is a novel that has taken its place beside the masterpieces of world literature. Ernesto Sabato was born in Rojas, Argentina, in 1911. In the late 1930s, he moved to Paris to pursue his studies in science and, while there, was influenced by the surrealist movement. He abandoned his scientific career in favor of a literary one, and his first essays were published in Sut the leading Argentine literary magazine. Ernesto Sabato is the recipient of Spainís Miguel de Cervantes Prize, Franceís Prix de Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Jerusalem Prize, and many other literary awards from several countries. His work has been translated into 21 languages. Ernesto Sabato lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Origi. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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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Title: The Angel Of Darkness
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 1991
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.

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