Buenos Aires: A Cultural and Literary Companion

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The most European of South American cities, Buenos Aires evokes exile and nostalgia. A nineteenth-century replica of Paris or Madrid set adrift in an alien continent, its identity is neither of the Old World nor the New. The Argentine capital's rootlessness has famously found expression in the melancholy of tango and, more recently, in a vogue for psychoanalysis even more widespread than New York's.
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Overview

The most European of South American cities, Buenos Aires evokes exile and nostalgia. A nineteenth-century replica of Paris or Madrid set adrift in an alien continent, its identity is neither of the Old World nor the New. The Argentine capital's rootlessness has famously found expression in the melancholy of tango and, more recently, in a vogue for psychoanalysis even more widespread than New York's.
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Buenos Aires is more difficult to capture, yet Wilson (Latin American and Spanish literature, University Coll., London) succeeds admirably. Unlike Oxford, Buenos Aires is organized geographically, but the underlying cultural themes are evident: Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cort zar, and the European literary tradition; tango, the music of longing and despair, machismo, and sensuality; the cult of Evita Per n; the life-and-death importance of soccer; totalitarian politics; and the Disappeared. The geographic references in the text help convey a sense of place as well as history and culture. Well referenced and indexed, both titles are highly recommended for academic and large public libraries.--Thomas K. Fry, Univ. of Denver Lib. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566563475
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Cities of the Imagination Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,409,152
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Jason Wilson needs a good editor

    A unique look at Buenos Aires through the eyes of it's great writers. I like the street-by-street format. But Jason Wilson needs a good editor. There were many run-on sentences and too many paragraphs that jumped from one topic to another making it necessary to reread sections in order to put the information in logical order. Still, I found the book worthwhile and it added to my knowledge and appreciation of this fascinating city.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    Useful, with limitations

    This is good, but several levels below the 'travelers literary companion' series, which covers cities like Prague, Amsterdam, and Hawaii and countries like Spain and Ireland. Unlike those, this book is written by one author, and we therefore get his voice alone, for better and sometimes worse. The organization purports to be useful -- geographic by BA streets, etc. -- but it's quite confusing in practice (since he puts certain entries in the wrong places). Inexcusably, the book contains really poor photographs of random subjects and a single, limited, barely legible map. This needs serious improvement -- unfortunately, there's no alternative to a book on Buenos Aires.

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