Quotes by Ricardo Piglia

"La ausencia era eso. Un lugar que uno conoce y recuerda de memoria, como si fuera una foto, donde uno falta."

"A body is a body, but only voices are capable of love"

"Surgió ahí la idea de que el dinero es inocente, aunque haya sido resultado de la muerte y el crimen, no puede considerarse culpable sino más bien neutral, un signo que sirve según el uso que cada uno le quiera dar.
Y también la idea de que la plata quemada era un ejemplo de locura asesina. Sólo locos y asesinos y bestias sin moral pueden ser tan cínicos y tan criminales como para quemar quinientos mil dólares. Este acto (según los diarios) era peor que los crímenes que habían cometido, porque era un acto nihilista y un ejemplo de terrorismo puro."

"My mother says that reading is thinking,’ Sofia said. ‘Not that we read and then we think, but rather that we think something and then we read it in a book as if it were written by us, although it’s not written by us. Rather, someone in another country, in another place, in the past, writes it like a thought that hasn’t been thought yet, until, by chance, always by chance, we find the book that clearly expresses what had been, confusingly, not yet thought by us. Not every book, of course, but certain books are destined for us, certain books seem like objects of our own thoughts. A book for each one of us. To find it, there must be a series of accidentally interrelated events, until in the end you see the light you’re looking for, without even knowing you were looking for it…"

"Hay hombres sobrios y aplomados, a los que la desgracia los quiebra por adentro, sin que se vea."


Books by Ricardo Piglia

  • Dom Quixote
  • 222,346 ratings
  • December 5th 2012 by Penguin - Companhia das Letras

    (first published 1605)

  • Hombres sin mujeres
  • 10,270 ratings
  • December 1st 1977 by Ediciones Librerías Fausto

    (first published October 1927)

  • Operation Massacre
  • 3,115 ratings
  • August 20th 2013 by Seven Stories Press

    (first published 1957)

  • Plata quemada
  • 1,772 ratings
  • July 1st 2005 by Anagrama

    (first published 1997)

  • Dublinesca
  • 1,344 ratings
  • 2011 by Cosac Naify

    (first published 2010)

  • Blanco nocturno
  • 968 ratings
  • September 2nd 2010 by Anagrama

    (first published 2010)

  • The Absent City
  • 729 ratings
  • November 15th 2000 by Duke University Press Books

    (first published 1992)

Ricardo Piglia
  • Ricardo Piglia

  • Date of birth: November 24, 1941
  • Died: January 06, 2017
  • Born: in Adrogué, Argentina.

  • Description: Ricardo Piglia is one of the foremost contemporary Argentine writers, known equally for his fiction (several collections of short stories; the novels "Artificial Respiration", 1980; "The Absent City", 1992; "Money to Burn", 1997) and his criticism (1986 "Criticism and Fiction", 1999 "Brief Forms", 2005 "The Last Reader".

    Piglia has received a number of awards, including the "Premio Iberoamericano de las Letras 2005", "Premio Planeta 1997", and "Premio Casa de las Américas 1967".

    Piglia resided for a number of years in the United States, where he taught Latin American literature at Princeton University, but in 2011, after retirement, he decided to return with his wife to his home country.

    In 2013 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

    Piglia died on January 6, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina after struggling for a long time with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.