Sabre Heroes y Tymbas (Spanish) Paperback – 1 Feb 1999
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Mr. Sabato has written up to day only three novels: "The Tunnel", "On Heroes and Tombs" and "The Dark Angel" and a score of sociological essays. With the present novel he has won a well deserved place into the best Latin-American writers of the XXth century.
This is a complex and dark novel staged in three levels: one the love affair between Martin and Alejandra situated in 1955's Buenos Aires; second the recount of a fleeing party of defeated Unitarians soldiers, carrying the corpse of their fallen leader, General Lavalle, in 1840's during the Civil War; third the "Report on Blind People" staged in a fantastic underworld that coexist with the "real and normal" world.
The three narrative layers are intermixed and connected to each other with Alejandra as a fulcrum.
Alejandra's character is very complex and mysterious. It remind me of Justine, described in the first volume of Lawrence Durrell`s "Alexandria Quartet". Both are women in distress, searching love and protection, but at the same time rejecting lover and protector. They are torn by tragic experiences, and the lover to be can't penetrate their souls and cringes in desperation.
Martin is the desperate & frustrated lover; nevertheless he won't quit and defies all dangers & mysteries to try to save Alejandra.
It is a great novel with touches of "magic-realism" and some echoes of Borges' and Cortazar's tales.
I wholeheartedly recommend it!!!!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
My first appproach dates from my University years, when Graciela Pizarro (personal friend of him) made us to know about the genuine grandness, powerful expression and conceptual density of this notable writer.
This work -to my mind- constitutes his greatest creative peak. Informe sobre ciegos (Report about blidmen) is an astonishing metaphor that brings us to the very entrails of hell. A supossed society of blindmen dwell in the suburbs of the underground. The powerful descriptive force, the absolute domain of the Spanish lexicon and his captivating literary style places him among the greatest of the Literature: and when I make this statement think in Poe, Lautreamont, Faulkner, Kafka, Stevenson, Melville, Borges, Quiroga or Guy de Maupassant.
One of the last giants of the literature of the past Century has left us.
Rest in peace.