Shantytown

By Cesar Aira; Chris Andrews (Translator)
(New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811219112, 162pp.)

Publication Date: November 2013

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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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