Dystopian Buenos Aires

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Abstract

This article explores the dystopian presence of Buenos Aires in Roberto Arlt's Los siete locos (The seven madmen) and its companion novel, Los lanzallamas (The flamethrowers). Both belong to a tradition of metropolitan narrative represented in Europe by authors such as Robert Musil, Alfred Döblin and James Joyce. Arlt's work, however, has a distinctive character, since it connects the expectations and anxieties unleashed by modernity with a dystopian imagination which has origins in nineteenth-century Argentina with its raison d'être being profoundly linked to the formation of an Argentine national identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-265
Number of pages20
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

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