Ernesto Sabato  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Ernesto Sabato (June 24, 1911 – April 30, 2011), was an Argentine writer, painter and physician. He was born in Rojas, a tiny town in the Province of Buenos Aires. Sabato began his studies at the Colegio Nacional de La Plata. He then read physics at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, where he earned a Ph.D. He then attended the Sorbonne in Paris and worked at the Curie Institute. After World War II, he lost faith in science and started writing.

He published his first novel El Túnel (translated as "The Outsider" or "The Tunnel"). Written in 1948, this novel is told as the confession of the painter Juan Pablo Castel, who has murdered the only woman capable of understanding him. Throughout the novel Castel questions his actions and those of others. As narrator, Castel offers a detailed expose on why he killed his lover, María Iribarne. Authors such as Albert Camus and Graham Greene particularly lauded Sabato's novels.

By request of president Raúl Alfonsín, he presided over the CONADEP commission that investigated the fate of the desaparecidos during the Dirty War of the 1970s. The result of these findings, published under the title Nunca Más (Never Again) was released in 1984.

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