Shantytown
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Shantytown

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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."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 130 x 178 x 13mm | 160g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811219119
  • 9780811219112
  • 355,038

Review quote

Dense, unpredictable confections delivered in a plain, stealthily lyrical style capable of accommodating his fondness for mixing metaphysics, realism, pulp fiction, and Dadaist incongruities. --Michael Greenberg"
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Rating details

658 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 19% (128)
4 43% (285)
3 27% (177)
2 8% (54)
1 2% (14)
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