I the Supreme

Latin American Literature Series
Augusto Roa Bastos
Translated by Helen Lane

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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Translated by Helen Lane
Publication: Latin American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 433
ISBN-13: 9781564782472
GTIN13: 9781564782472
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Language: eng
List price: $13.95