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Whose heteronyms, to borrow Fernando Pessoa's word, included professor Abel Martin and his student Juan de Mairena?

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Antonio Machado Ruiz collected a number of sayings by these apocryphal thinkers, which he called "complementarios." The student, an iconoclast, often reported and critiqued the sayings of the teacher, whose philosophy resembled that of Gottfried Leibniz. There was a third identity as well, but he did not write much.

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