By Cesar Aira; Chris Andrews (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811219112, 162pp.

Publication Date: November 2013

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.

About the Author
Cesar Aira was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina, in 1949. Wildly popular in Latin America, he has published more than seventy books of short fictions and essays.

The poet Chris Andrews has translated many books by Roberto Bolano and Cesar Aira for New Directions.