by César Aira


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A middle-class, directionless ox of a young man who helps the trash pickers of Buenos Aires' shantytown attracts the attention of a corrupt policeman who would use anyone, including innocent kids, to break a drug ring he believes is operating in the slum. Translated by Chris Andrews.

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In Search Of Identity: Three Of 2013's Best Translated Novels

Perhaps Argentina's most renowned and prolific author, César Aira has challenged the boundaries of the novella for decades. No stranger to the odd and fantastical, his work is an exercise in genre-hopping: elements of science fiction, satire, and the allegorical comfortably coexist, often on the same page. Shantytown, one of Aira's most inventive and idiosyncratic novellas to date, takes place in the slums of an impoverished Buenos Aires. Maxi, a hapless bodybuilder, finds himself

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