Mad Toy

ISBN-10: 0822329409

ISBN-13: 9780822329404

Edition: 2002

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Set against the chaotic background of Buenos Aires in the early 20th century, this novel, adapted for stage and film, follows the adventures of Silvio Astier, a poverty-stricken and frustrated youth, who struggles to bridge the gap between exuberant imagination and the sordid reality around him.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Note on the Translation
Arlt's Dedication to Ricardo Guiraldes
The Band of Thieves
Works and Days
Mad Toy
Judas Iscariot
Appendix. The Neighborhood Poet
Notes
Works Cited
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