The Absent City

Ricardo Piglia

NOVEL. NEW EDITION, DEBOLSILLO, 2013. 160 PAGES.

Junior is a journalist investigating the Macedonio Machine, an artefact that started out translating stories and ended up producing its own work. Now it has run wild and is under the permanent custody of the Museum while a totalitarian power and the resistance battle to prove or debunk the automat’s output. Perhaps the truth of its origins is hidden behind a story of eternal love, whose trail will take Junior to a strange island. 

“Ricardo Piglia portrays a Buenos Aires that has been tragically deformed

and disfigured, echoing the works of his predecessors (including Borges,

Roberto Arlt, and Macedonio Fernández) with revelatory references to its

most direct ancestor: James Joyce’s Ulysses.The Absent City is,

without a doubt, a work of art.”  

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