The Seven Madmen by Roberto Arlt
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First published in 1929, The Seven Madmen perfectly captures the conflict of Argentine society at a crucial moment in its history. Arlt's exploration of the still mysterious city of Buenos Aires, its street slang, crowded tenements, crazy juxtapositions, and anguish are at the core of this novel. In this seething, hostile city, Erdosain wanders the streets, trying to decipher the teeming life going on behind dark doors. He searches, literally, for his soul which is causing him so much pain, wondering what it might look like.

About Roberto Arlt

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Roberto Arlt (1900-42) was an Argentine writer who published numerous plays and novels during his lifetime.
Published July 1, 1984 by David R Godine Pub. 271 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Erdosian's accomplices in this scheme: The Astrologer, The Pig-Headed Man, The Gold-Seeker, The Ruffian, and other castoffs of the novel's title.

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a romantic whose (very literal) search for his soul brings him into contact with variously anarchic “madmen” (including a eunuch, an astrologer, and an unforgettably misanthropic pimp) whose urgent, distracted voices blend in a cockeyed symphony of cynicism and despair.

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One of the Astrologer's followers, a pimp known as ""The Melancholy Thug,"" gives Erdosain the money to pay back his employers, but the embezzlement suddenly seems like a minor problem compared to Erdosain's spiritual deterioration.

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The Seven Madmen is set in Buenos Aires in the then-present-time of 1929 and opens with main character, Remo Erdosain, a self-described “hollow man, a shell moved simply by the force of habit” being accused of embezzling by his employer.

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