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The Seven Madmen

(1929)
A novel by

 
 
A weird wonder of Argentine and modern literature and a crucial work for Julio Cortazar, The Seven Madmen begins when its hapless and hopeless hero, Erdosain, is dismissed from his job as a bill collector for embezzlement. Then his wife leaves him and things only go downhill after that. Erdosain wanders the crowded, confusing streets of Buenos Aires, thronging with immigrants almost as displaced and alienated as he is, and finds himself among a group of conspirators who are in thrall to a man known simply as the Astrologer. The Astrologer has the cure for everything that ails civilization. Unemployment will be cured by mass enslavement. (Mountains will be hollowed out and turned into factories.) Mass enslavement will be funded by industrial-scale prostitution. That scheme will be kicked off with murder. "D'you know you look like Lenin?" Erdosain asks the Astrologer. Meanwhile Erdosain struggles to determine the physical location and dimensions of the soul, this thing that is causing him so much pain.

Brutal, uncouth, caustic, and brilliantly colored, The Seven Madmen takes its bearings from Dostoyevsky while looking forward to Thomas Pynchon and Marvel Comics.

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Hardback Editions

July 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: Seven Madmen
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
ISBN: 0-87923-492-X / 978-0-87923-492-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: David R Godine Pub
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Paperback Editions

December 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Seven Madmen (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
ISBN: 1-59017-914-5 / 978-1-59017-914-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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February 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Seven Madmen (Serpent's Tail Classics)
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
ISBN: 1-78125-428-1 / 978-1-78125-428-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
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June 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Seven Madmen (Extraordinary Classics)
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
ISBN: 1-85242-592-X / 978-1-85242-592-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Seven Madmen (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


February 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Seven Madmen (Serpent's Tail Classics)
Author(s): Roberto Arlt
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon UK