The Seven Madmen - Serpent's Tail Classics (Paperback)Roberto Arlt (author), Nick Caistor (translator), Roberto Bolano (author of introduction)
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Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
The reader is possessed almost demonically by these characters ... an indestructible force of great literature -- Julio Cortazar
Let's say, modestly, that Arlt is Jesus Christ. Argentina, of course, is Israel and Buenos Aires is Jerusalem ... Arlt is quick, a risk taker, adaptable, a born survivor ... Arlt is a Russian, a character from Dostoyevsky, while Borges is an Englishman, a character from Chesterton or Shaw or Stevenson ...without doubt an important part of Argentinian and Latin American literature -- Roberto Bolano
Arlt is, plain and simple, the father of the modern Argentinian novel ... he is the most important Argentinian novelist, the greatest -- Ricardo Piglia
If ever anyone from these shores could be called a literary genius, his name was Roberto Arlt ... I am talking about a novelist who will be famous in time ... and who, unbelievably, is almost unknown in the world today -- Juan Carlos Onetti
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