He was my introduction to Latin American literature. Before I came to Marquez, Bolano, Paz, Allende, Galeano, Borges, Rulfo, Carpentier, Bastos, Llosa, Fuentes and Vallejo I had come across Sabato. And it was this work – dark, nightmarish and frenzied that seduced me, and was my doorway to this amazing group of writers.
It was the book that led me to so many other amazing works from the region. My original copy of Sabato’s Angel of Darkness is one of the few books from my high school years that still survives my many travels and dislocations. I am forever grateful for this gift that he gave me.
Ernesto Sabato died on April 30th 2011.