Augusto Roa Bastos

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Paraguayan Novelist born on June 13, 1917, died on April 26, 2005

Augusto Roa Bastos was a Paraguayan novelist and short story writer. 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 and for winning the Premio Miguel de Cervantes in 1989, Spanish literature's most prestigious prize. Yo el Supremo explores the dictations and inner thoughts of Dr. José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, who ruled Paraguay with an iron fist and no little eccentricity from 1814 until his death in 1840... (source)

The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing. view quote

What happens is that your wretched memory remembers the words and forgets what's behind them. view quote

In all nations an exceptional man exists that compensates the deficiencies of the remainder. In those moments, when humanity is found collectively in a state of decadence, there always remain those exceptional beings as point of reference. view quote

Anyone who attempts to relate his life loses himself in the immediate. One can only speak of another. view quote