Thursday, June 24, 2021

Beers & Books CII – Ernesto Sabato

Just as the office worker dreams
of murdering his hated boss
and so is saved from really murdering him,
so it is with the author;
with his great dreams
he helps his readers to survive,
to avoid their worst intentions.
And society, without realizing it
respects and even exalts him,
albeit with a kind of jealousy,
fear and even repulsion,
since few people want to discover the horrors
that lurk in the depths of their souls.
This is the highest mission of great literature,
and there is no other.

Ernesto Sabato (* 24 Juni 1911 - 30 April 2011)


  1. Interesting.
    I should add that some nefarious thoughts (which I may or may not have acted on) have been put into my head by writers.

  2. As B&B passes the 100 milestone, I wandered - have you ever written any books Sean?

    1. Probably the volume for many books, Mark, but most of what I wrote was written for newspapers into which the other day fish would be wrapped up. ;-)
      But who knows?