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The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
Page 313 - He was on the short side, and thin, and even then he must already have been close to fifty, but more than once I saw him stand up all alone to some of Congreesman Martínez Zamora's gunmen, saw how he looked them straight in the eye, never reaching for the Colt in his underarm holster, though it's true his jacket was unbuttoned, and I saw how the gunmen shriveled under his gaze and then I saw them back away, murmuring excuse me, mi general, the congressman must have made a mistake, mi general. An honest-to-God man if there ever was one, General Diego Carvajal, and a lover of literature and the arts, although he said himself, he didn't learn to read until he was eighteen years old.