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Mad Toy (1926) [Novel]
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Set in the badlands of adolescence, where acts of theft and betrayal become metaphors for creativity, Mad Toy is equal parts pulp fiction, realism, detective story, expressionist drama, and creative memoir.

An immigrant son of a German father and an Italian mother, Arlt as a youth was a school dropout, poor and often hungry. In Mad Toy, he incorporates his personal experience into the lives of his characters. Published in 1926 as El juguete rabioso, the novel follows the adventures of Silvio Astier, a poverty-stricken and frustrated youth who is drawn to gangs and a life of petty crime. As Silvio struggles to bridge the gap between exuberant imagination and the sordid reality around him, he becomes fascinated with weapons, explosives, vandalism, and thievery, despite a desperate desire to rise above his origins. Flavored with a dash of romance, a hint of allegory, and a healthy dose of irony, the novel's language varies from the cultured idiom of the narrator to the dialects and street slang of the novel's many colorful characters.

Original title: El juguete rabioso
Original languages: Spanish

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Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Mad Toy

Mad Toy (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Michele McKay Aynesworth
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Mad Toy (2002)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822329409
Dimensions: 5.4 x 9 x 0.4
Pages: 184

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