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Nicolas Gomez Davila

Nicolas Gomez Davila (18 May 1913 in Cajica 17 May 1994 in Bogota) was a Colombian writer and thinker who is considered one of the most intransigent political theologians of the twentieth century.

His fame began to spread only in the last few years before his death, particularly by way of German translations of his works. Gomez Davila was one of the most radical critics of modernity whose work consists almost entirely of aphorisms which he called "escolios" (or "glosses").

Gomez Davila was a Colombian scholar who never held any university post but spent most of his life in the circle of his friends and within the confines of his library. Gomez Davila belonged to the upper circles of Colombian society and was educated in Paris. Due to severe pneumonia, he spent about two years at home where he was taught by private teachers and developed a life-long love of classical literature. He never attended a university, though. In the 1930s he went back from Paris to Colombia, never to visit Europe again, save for a six-month stay with his wife in 1948. He built up an immense library containing more than 30,000 volumes around which his literary existence centred. In 1948 he helped found the Los Andes University in Bogota.

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