I the Supreme

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2000 - Fiction - 433 pages
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Latin America has seen, time and again, the rise of dictators, Supreme Leaders possessed of the dream of absolute power, who sought to impose their mad visions of Perfect Order on their own peoples. Latin American writers, in turn, have responded with fictional portraits of such figures, and no novel of this genre is as universally esteemed as Augusto Roa Bastos's I the Supreme, a book that draws on and reimagines the career of the man who was "elected" Supreme Dictator for Life in Paraguay in 1814.

By turns grotesque, comic, and strangely moving, I the Supreme is a profound meditation on the uses and abuses of power-over men, over events, over language itself.

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I the Supreme is incredibly dense, throwing fact after fact at the reader. After 60 pages I was completely lost, necessitating an emergency read of wikipedia and gaining a grounding in Paraguay's ... Read full review

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In 1814, shortly after the deposition of the last royal governor, Paraguay "elected'' Jose Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia its dictator for life. He devoted that life to his country's best interests as he ... Read full review

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Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-2005) is considered one of Parguay's greatest novelists. He is best known for his novel "I the Supreme", but he wrotes many books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He spent much of his life outside of his home country, both as a foreign correspondent and in exile for his opposition to the ruling governments of his country.

Helen Lane was the preeminent translator of French, Spanish,Portuguese, and Italian fiction. Among the long list of authors shetranslated are Augusto Roa Bastos, Jorge Amado, Luisa Valenzuela, MarioVargas Llosa, Marguerite Duras, Nélinda Piñon, and Curzio Malaparte.

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