Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo, (Col. Tesis/Ensayo), 2000. first edition. Paperback. 191p., notes, biblio. Fine. Item #9634
Another look, other contexts, another writing for criticism about Roberto Arlt. In this book, for the first time, his texts are placed in an international literary (and political) context. The global reading of Close not only connects Arlt with Dostoevsky but also puts him in the general framework of conspiracy fiction with other European and North American writers, especially Baroja (but also Turguenev, Conrad, Henry James). Associating Arlt with Baroja is not very frequent, despite Arlt's latest references to his work: the two, the dice, the resistance to location in a strictly national literary tradition. And both represent the anarchists as imaginary agents producing fictions. As international as anarchism, Glen Close's book reads almost like a conspiracy fiction; It is read from the printers that are the motors of Arlt's fiction.