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Rage, By Sergio Bizzio
This unnerving novel from Buenos Aires, translated with punch and pace by Amanda Hopkinson, starts out in a vein of hard-boiled Latin American noir but then moves – in every sense – into a very strange place indeed.
Borderline-psychotic building worker José María kills his site foreman and hides out in the creepy mansion where his passionate but innocent lover Rosa works as a put-upon maid. Invisible to all, "María" snoops on his unwitting hosts and their toxic bourgeois lifestyle – undermined by Argentina's cash crisis. Yet inner demons count for more than social critique as Bizzio shuns easy showdowns and delves into the attic of a disturbed mind.
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