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The absent city

Author: Ricardo Piglia
Publisher: Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Absent City takes the form of a futuristic detective novel. In the end, however, it is a meditation on the nature of totalitarian regimes, on the transition to democracy after the end of such regimes, and on the power of language to create and define reality. Ricardo Piglia combines his trademark avant-garde aesthetics with cultural and political insights into Argentina's history and contemporary condition in  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Piglia, Ricardo.
Absent city.
Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)606497559
Online version:
Piglia, Ricardo.
Absent city.
Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)630980321
Named Person: Sergio Gabriel Waisman; Sergio Gabriel Waisman
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ricardo Piglia
ISBN: 0822325578 9780822325574 0822325861 9780822325864
OCLC Number: 43657109
Description: 147 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Ciudad ausente.
Responsibility: Ricardo Piglia ; translated by Sergio Gabriel Waisman.

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An English translation of 1992 best-selling fiction novel that explores the nature of totalitarian regimes and life in the aftermath of a long dictatorship.  Read more...

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"Though clearly walking in the riverbank footsteps of the whimsical Macedonio and the noir geniuses Arlt and Onetti, Piglia is a genuine original, gifted with a fluid imagination that rushes past Read more...

 
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