Shantytown

by César Aira

Shantytown

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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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