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Scott L. MalcomsonThe Slum is the sort of novel Tom Wolfe has ordered his colleagues to write, a Great American Novel with great American themes, notably greed and race... A Great American Novel with great American themes, notably greed and race . . .Azevedo's novel, in this agile translation by David H. Rosenthal, covers many of the varieties of sexual experience . . . Descriptive brilliance, serpentine plotting, comedy and ample helpings of sex and violence...Azevedo had trained to be an artist, and his strong eye shows in his prose . . .
—New York Times Book Review