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Shantytown by César Aira

At last, a noir novel from the Argentine master of suspense and surprises
Maxi, a middle-class, directionless ox of a young man who helps the trash pickers of Buenos Aires’s shantytown, attracts the attention of a corrupt, trigger-happy policeman who will use anyone — including two innocent teenage girls — to break a drug ring that he believes is operating within the slum. A strange new drug, a brightly lit carousel of a slum, the kindness of strangers, gunplay... no matter how serious the subject matter, and despite Aira’s “fascination with urban violence and the sinister underside of Latin American politics” (The Millions), Shantytown, like all of Aira’s mesmerizing work, is filled with wonder and mad invention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811219112
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/20/2013
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nominated for a Neustadt award and the Man Booker International Prize, César Aira was born in Coronel
Pringles, Argentina, in 1949. He has published at least ninety books and was most recently the creator and curator of a limited edition art piece, “Valise,” for the MoMA, NYC.

The poet Chris Andrewsteaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where he is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. He has translated books by Roberto Bolaño and César Aira for New Directions.

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