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Roa Bastos, Augusto

 

Born 1917. Paraguayan writer.

Roa Bastos took part in the movement against Morinigo’s dictatorship, which lasted from 1940 to 1948. Since 1947 he has lived abroad as an émigré. He began his career as a poet, but his important works are in prose. Examples are the short-story collection Thunder Amidst the Foliage (1953) and the novel The Son of Man (1960; Russian translation, 1967), which is an outstanding work of Latin-American prose. The novel interweaves his-toricism and mythmaking in its portrayal of Paraguay over a period of several decades. Roa Bastos is also a literary critic.

WORKS

El baldío. Buenos Aires [1966].
Los pies sobre el agua. [Buenos Aires, 1967.]
Moriencia. [Caracas] 1969.

REFERENCES

Mamontov, S. P. Ispanoiazychnaia literatura stran Latinskoi Ameriki ν XX veke. Moscow, 1972.
Kuteishchikova, V. “Kontinent, gde vstrechaiutsia vse epokhi.” Voprosy literatury, 1972, NO. 4.
Bareiro, R. Roa Bastos y la nueva narrativa paraguaya: Actual narrativa latinoamericana. [Havana, 1970.]
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Excerpted from I the Supreme, by Augusto Roa Bastos, translated by Helen Lane, Alfred A.
Mario Benedetti, La borra del cafe (U) Charles Bukowski, El cartero llama una vez (V) Laura Esquivel, Como agua para chocolate (A,C,Ch,P,U) Eduardo Galeano, Palabras andantes (U) Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Doce cuentos peregrinos (G) Noah Gordon, Xama (B) Augusto Roa Bastos, El fiscal (P) Edith Wharton, La edad de la inocencia (A,B,C)
Por un lado, uno de estos textos es la reflexion critico-cultural del academico e intelectual brasileno Renato Ortiz, especificamente su libro Lo proximo y lo distante: Japon y la modernidad-mundo (2000); por otro lado, la novela Madama Sui (1995), del escritor paraguayo Augusto Roa Bastos, texto en que la presencia de Japon como una entidad geografica particular y una representacion "cultural" se filtra a traves de la figura ficcional de Lagrima Gonzalez Yoshimaru Kusugue, una paraguaya de descendencia japonesa conocida como Sui.
Title of the great Latin American novel by Augusto Roa Bastos.
El gran escritor paraguayo Augusto Roa Bastos nacio en Asuncion el 13 de junio de 1917 y murio el 26 de abril de 2005.
On May 13, 2011 Paraguay will celebrate its 200th year as an independent nation, which makes this a particularly opportune moment to reflect on the literature of the bicentenary and on one of Paraguay's best known writers, Augusto Roa Bastos.
Paraguay, which stayed "on the margins of the world and developed nothing but corruption and contraband," during the 35-year Stroessner dictatorship, in the words of the great Paraguayan writer Augusto Roa Bastos, has recently begun to integrate its economy into that of the region and the world.
Por trasponer en clave de ficcion el entramado historico cultural de su pais, Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-2005) fue, de entre los escritores latinoamericanos que alcanzaron renombre internacional en los ultimos anos de la decada del sesenta, el que vino a representar de manera emblematica al Paraguay.
Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguay's most famous author, called his homeland "an island surrounded by land.
In making this argument, he engages with the writings of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Jacques Derrida, and Martin Heidegger, as well as the works of such Latin American fiction writers as Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Augusto Roa Bastos.
Together, they edited the anthology New Voices of Hispanic America published by Beacon Press in Boston, in 1962, which included Julio Cortazar, Augusto Monterroso, Juan Rulfo, Blanca Varela, Juan Jose Arreola, Ernesto Cardenal, Augusto Roa Bastos, and others.
To this collective undertaking a number of the foremost contemporary Latin American writers were each to contribute a novel about a dictator from their respective countries: Fuentes was to write about Santa Ana, the Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier about Gerardo Machado, the Paraguayan Augusto Roa Bastos about Jose Rodriguez de Francia, and the Argentine Julio Cortazar about Evita Peron.