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The Mad Toy

Author: Roberto Arlt

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The first novel by one of the greatest writers of Latin American literatureis a semiautobiographical story reflecting the energy and chaos of early 20th-century Buenos AiresFeeling the alienation of youth, Silvio Astier’s gang tours neighborhoods, inflicting waves of petty crime, stealing from homes and shops until the police are forced to intervene. Drifting then from one career and subsequent crime to another, Silvio’s main difficulty is his own intelligence, with which he grapples. Writing in the language of the streets and basing his writings in part on his own experience, with his characters wandering in a modern world, Arlt creates a book that combines realism, humor, and anger with detective story. Although astronomically famous in South America, Roberto Arlt’s name is still relatively unknown in Anglophone circles, but the rising wave of appreciation of South American literature is bringing him to the fore.”show more

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Weight 182 g

Roberto Arlt


Hesperus Press Ltd


Paperback / softback




195 x 125 x 15



Country of Pub

United Kingdom

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