On Heroes and Tombs

Ernesto Sabato

NOVEL, 1961. AUSTRAL NEW EDITION, 2003. 544 PAGES.

Sobre heroes y tumbas (On Heroes and Tombs) is woven around a violent crime: the scion of a prominent Argentinian family, Alejandra, shoots her father and burns herself alive over his corpse. The story shifts between perspectives to reveal the lives of those closest to her, telling of Martín, her troubled lover; Bruno, a writer who loved her mother; and Fernando, her father-who believes himself hunted by a secret, international organization of the blind. Exploring the tumult of Buenos Aires in the 1950s, characters are illuminated against burning churches and corporate greed. An examination of Argentinian history and culture, it reveals the country at every level, leading its reader into a world of passion, philosophy, and paranoia.

An ambitious, tapestry-type fiction.

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Offers by way of fair exchange a rich motherlode of imagery, language, and haunting scenes.

SALMAN RUSHDIE

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