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, The New York Review of Books

At last, a noir novel from the Argentine master of suspense and surprises

Shantytown

Fiction by César Aira

Translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews

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Paperback (published November 20, 2013)

ISBN
9780811219112
Price US
13.95
Price CN
15
Page Count
128

Ebook (published November 20, 2013)

ISBN
9780811221580
Price US
13.95

César Aira

Argentine author

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, The New York Review of Books

Here’s my request [to New Directions]: give us something written on this side of the 20th century – after Argentina experienced its 2001 economic collapse … I want to see Aira process a society unhinged and chaotic – you know, like ours is right now. My suggestion: Shantytown, an absurdist rending of life in a downtown Buenos Aires Hooverville.

—Joey Rubin, The Argentina Independent

Depending on how you read it, this is either a taut noir crime novel or a searing portrait of Buenos Aires’ poverty-stricken people. Either way, it’s compelling stuff.

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