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Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, weirdly archaic and powerfully novel, Zama takes place in the last decade of the 18th century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asuncion, the capital of remote Paraguay. There, eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, he does as little as he possibly can while plotting his eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good.

Don Diego's slow, nightmarish slide into the abyss is not just a tale of one man's perdition but an exploration of existential - and very American - loneliness. Zama, with its stark, dreamlike prose and spare imagery, is at once dense and unforeseen, terse and fateful, marked throughout by a haunting movement between sentences, paragraphs, and sections so that every word seems to emerge from an ocean of things left unsaid. The philosophical depths of this great book spring directly from its dazzling prose.

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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Zama (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Antonio Di Benedetto
ISBN: 1-59017-717-7 / 978-1-59017-717-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Zama
Author(s): Antonio Di Benedetto
ISBN: 1-4417-5535-7 / 978-1-4417-5535-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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January 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Zama
Author(s): Antonio Di Benedetto
ISBN: 1-4417-5537-3 / 978-1-4417-5537-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Zama
Author(s): Antonio Di Benedetto
ISBN: 1-4551-3685-9 / 978-1-4551-3685-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Zama
Author(s): Antonio Di Benedetto, translation Esther Allen - preface
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Zama
Author(s): Antonio Di Benedetto, translation Esther Allen - preface
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Zama
Author(s): Antonio Di Benedetto, translation Esther Allen - preface
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Zama (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Antonio Di Benedetto
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA