Money to Burn

Ricardo Piglia

NOVEL. ANAGRAMA, 1997. 227 PAGES.

Based on original reports and witness statements, Money to Burn tells the story of a gang of bandits who, fancying themselves as urban guerrillas, raided a bank in downtown Buenos Aires. They escaped with millions in cash but six weeks later found their hideout surrounded by three hundred military police, journalists and TV cameras. The subsequent siege and its shocking outcome have become a Latin American legend. In Money to Burn, the renowned author and critic Ricardo Piglia has turned myth into thriller. His combination of sharp pschycological insight and witty dialogue, shot through with the variant mores of sexual transgression and prison subcultures, created an international bestseller and won the Planeta Prize. Money to Burn has also been made into a film (Plata quemada), directed by Marcelo Piñeyro and winner of the Goya Prize for Best Foreign Film.

"A fast-paced crime story... fans of Dog Day Afternoon will recognize the intensity and claustrophobia of the modern siege drama in Money to Burn but the book's moral vacuum is entirely Argentinian, and Ricardo Piglia's expression of it is gripping and disturbing."

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"The finest book of its kind since Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD."

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