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Paraguayan author Roa Bastos dies
Augusto Roa Bastos
Acclaimed writer Roa Bastos died at his home in Asuncion, Paraguay
Leading Latin American author Augusto Roa Bastos, whose 1974 masterpiece I, the Supreme was translated into 25 languages, has died at the age of 87.

The author, who left his native Paraguay in 1947 after speaking out against military dictatorships, died of a heart attack on Tuesday.

He was recovering from surgery following a fall the previous Friday.

Roa Bastos, who lived in Argentina, France and Spain during his exile, returned to live in Paraguay in 1989.

In the same year, he won the Premio Cervantes, awarded to outstanding writers in the Spanish language. Previous recipients included his friend Jorge Luis Borges, a close ally during the years Roa Bastos settled in Argentina.

Among more than 20 literary works by Roa Bastos was the acclaimed Son of Man, a saga on the painful history of Paraguay which was ruled by the brutal dictator Alfred Stroessner from 1954 to 1989.

Since his childhood, the author said he felt the need to oppose power, which he called "a tremendous stigma, a kind of human egoism that seeks to control the personalities of others".



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