On Heroes and Tombs

Ernesto Sabato

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

On Heroes and Tombs is perhaps Ernesto Sabato’s best known work. Published in 1961, he emerged on the Latin American literary scene, combining a series of elements that would make him unique in South American literature. It is often considered a total novel, with touches of surrealism unusual in Latin American literature (especially the section ‘The Report on the Blind’). Much of the plot also falls under the Bildungsroman tradition, while the portrayal of a family’s decadent development over a long period of time makes it reminiscent of works by Faulkner and Garcia Marquez.

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