There are books that one forgets easily, almost immediately after having read them. Others leave behind a small memory of a landscape, character or situation. But there are very few that immediately leave us with a feeling of intimacy so strong that we feel as if they are our own work; books that leave behind a stamp of brilliance. This was what I felt after reading the book “On Heroes and Tombs” by Ernesto Sábato.
The characters of “On Heroes and Tombs” go through life with a sort of tragic romanticism. Love is the motor driving all the successes that unfold in a complex stage of life in which the reality that surrounds the characters begins to transform itself, giving rise to the utopias that will prevail. This is an internal battle of desires that often takes place outside of that which is permitted by reality. And it speaks to the merit of this work of literature that like myself, so many people have identified with some of it’s characters, with their thoughts, worries, feelings, or simply have enjoyed the pleasure of reading the stories of these characters intertwined with the history of a country.
My interest in this work of literature lead me to look into the author and to continue to read his other books. This is marvelous literature by an author committed to ethics and the dignity of the human being.
Ernesto Sábato is one of the most important Latin American writers, and I speak in the present because the work of this artist and his name will endure, even though this past Saturday (30/04/2011) he passed away at the age of 99.
The news spread throughout the media, and people quickly began to mention his name on the web. Let’s take a look at what happened on this day when Sábato’s name was mentioned.