Augusto Roa Bastos


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Augusto Roa Bastos, (June 13, 1917 – April 26, 2005) was a noted Paraguayan novelist and short story writer, and one of the most important Latin American writers of the 20th century. As a teenager he fought in the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, and he later worked as a journalist, screenwriter and professor. He is best known for his complex novel Yo el Supremo (I, the Supreme) and for his... more »

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  • ''The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing.''
    Augusto Roa Bastos (b. 1917), Paraguayan novelist. I the Supreme (1974, trans. 1986, Faber revised edition, 1988).
  • ''Anyone who attempts to relate his life loses himself in the immediate. One can only speak of another.''
    Augusto Roa Bastos (b. 1917), Paraguayan novelist. I The Supreme, p. 57 (1974, trans. 1986, repr. 1988).
  • Man is an idiot. He doesn't know how to do anything without copying, without imitating, without plagiarizing, without aping. It might even have been that man invented generation by coitus after seeing...
    Augusto Roa Bastos (b. 1917), Paraguayan novelist. I the Supreme, 1988 edition, p. 133 (1974, trans. 1986).
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