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The Mad Toy

(1926)
A novel by

 
 
The first novel by one of the greatest writers of Latin American literature is a semiautobiographical story reflecting the energy and chaos of early 20th-century Buenos Aires

Feeling the alienation of youth, Silvio Astier's gang tours neighborhoods, inflicting waves of petty crime, stealing from homes and shops until the police are forced to intervene. Drifting then from one career and subsequent crime to another, Silvio's main difficulty is his own intelligence, with which he grapples. Writing in the language of the streets and basing his writings in part on his own experience, with his characters wandering in a modern world, Arlt creates a book that combines realism, humor, and anger with detective story. Although astronomically famous in South America, Roberto Arlt's name is still relatively unknown in Anglophone circles, but the rising wave of appreciation of South American literature is bringing him to the fore.

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Hardback Editions

July 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mad Toy
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
ISBN: 0-8223-2911-5 / 978-0-8223-2911-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mad Toy
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
ISBN: 1-84391-465-4 / 978-1-84391-465-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
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July 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mad Toy
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
ISBN: 0-8223-2940-9 / 978-0-8223-2940-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Mad Toy
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd.
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2002 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mad Toy
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA