Bad Manners: Roa Bastos' opened mail, found in a secret police file.

photo by me

Whatever was in this envelope, sent to Augusto Roa Bastos from Costa Rica sometime in the 1970s, probably never made it to the recipient since the Paraguayan police intercepted and opened and read and then filed it away in a secret archive that was discovered in 1992. It's been separated from the envelope; I couldn't find it this morning. The envelope was nestled in-between personal letters belonging to people whose names I wouldn't recognize, all confiscated and read and filed away by the military government in its attempt to surveille the whole population. The letters are a bit "disappointing"--sentimental accounts of daily life and declarations of affection. Nothing politically seamy.

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