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Mad Toy - a book by Arlt, Roberto

Mad Toy

Mad Toy( )
Author: Arlt, Roberto
Translator: Womack, James
Publication Date:Jul 2013
Publisher:Hesperus Press
Book Format:Ebook
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The first novel by one of the greatest writers of Latin American literature, The Mad Toy is a semi-autobiographical story reflecting the energy and chaos of the early twentieth century in Argentina. First published in 1920, The Mad Toy is set in Buenos Aires in the early twentieth century. Feeling the alienation of youth, Silvio Astier’s gang tours neighbourhoods, inflicting waves of petty crime, stealing from homes and shops until the police are forced to intervene....
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Author Biography
Arlt, Roberto (Author)
Roberto Arlt is acknowledged as a seminal figure in the development of the theater and novel in Argentina; in his treatment of madness and the uncertainties of external reality; and in his use of shifting point of view and internal monologue. The seven madmen in the book of that title organize a secret society to be financed by a chain of brothels, with the purpose of changing society. At the same time, each of them pursues his own special fixation. Against this background, the protagonist pursues his own existential search for meaning. Arlt's work is a perceptive comment both on the role of the individual in modern society and society's destructive effects on that individual.

Arlt is one of Argentina's first major urban writers, with a special focus on the immigrant petite bourgeoisie.


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