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Los siete locos (Los siete locos #1)

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El entusiasmo y la atracción de Roberto Arlt por los experimentos científicos y mecánicos forma parte de su pasion creadora.
Del ambiente de la calle, que tan bien conocia el escritor, surgieron sus mejores paginas.
De su amistad con rufianes, falsificadores y pistoleros salen personaje como los de Los Siete Locos. En esta obra encontramos una especie de " mundo al revés": u
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Mestas Ediciones (first published 1929)
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Fernando
May 03, 2016 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un amigo mío siempre me cuenta que cuando cursaba la carrera de Letras, un profesor le dijo que el ABC de la literatura argentina comenzaba con Arlt, Borges, Cortázar. Bien es sabido que escritores y profesores de letras por alguna razón, no congenian bien. Alguna vez le dijeron a otro alumno: “Si vas a ser escritor, esta no es la carrera”. Siento que hay ciertos atributos y habilidades que el escritor tiene que jamás podrán ser adquiridas estudiando una carrera de letras. Aunque parezca inveros ...more
Cosimo
Mar 15, 2016 Cosimo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immerso nel freddo

“Voglio essere il capo dei pazzi, degli innumerevoli geni apocrifi, degli squilibrati che non riescono a entrare nei centri di spiritismo e nelle cellule bolsceviche... Questi imbecilli...e glielo dico perché ne ho l'esperienza... una volta ben rigirati...infiammati quanto basta, sono capaci di eseguire azioni che a lei farebbero venire la pelle d'oca. Letterati da bar. Inventori di quartieri miserabili, profeti di parrocchia, politici da caffè e filosofi da sede di dopolavoro
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Liz* Fashionably Late
Jun 25, 2015 Liz* Fashionably Late marked it as on-pause
Llegando fashionablemente tarde a esta BR con LaMala y Nanu (:
orsodimondo
Mar 25, 2016 orsodimondo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argentina
IL PIÙ GRANDE ROMANZIERE ARGENTINO
Così è giudicato Artl da Onetti, da Puig, da Aira, da Cortazar…
Affermazione forte, e ripetuta, mai messa in discussione, che mi ha messo in soggezione, io incapace di cogliere la grandezza di Artl, sia quella che lo colloca sopra tutti, sia quella che lo rende semplicemente grande narratore.

Incapace di cogliere la sua rivoluzione linguistica (l’introduzione nei dialoghi del voseo, l’uso del vos al posto del tu, e i termini del lunfardo, il gergo della malavita
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SurferRosa
"I sette pazzi" é la prima parte di un romanzo che, se lo si vuol leggere tutto intero, si conclude con "I lanciafiamme".
Spiluzzicando qua e lá un po' di saggistica sull'autore ho visto come venga posto l'accento in particolare sulla lingua di Arlt, molto personale, fatta anche di strafalcioni e svirgolate (piú o meno voluti si dice, alimentando la costruzione di una figura di romanziere sgrammaticato - alimentazione cui contribuí Arlt stesso in modo divertito), scambi di sillabe, uso di termi
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Aprile
Apr 02, 2016 Aprile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
dell’impossibilità di raccontar di un sogno
così mi sento - nell’impossibilità di raccontare di questo libro, di renderne l’idea con un minimo di precisione - come quando ci si sveglia e si vorrebbe, e si prova, a raccontare un sogno a chi ti sta accanto. Tendenzialmente, non ci provo più, perché mai mi riusciva di rendere le sensazioni, le confusioni, le imprecisioni, le assurdità del sogno. Le parole dette stonano con le visioni colte per un attimo e l’interesse dell’ascoltatore non viene risve
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La Mala  ✌
Tengo la cabeza medio alterada, mañana haré una reseña decente. Cuando me recupere.

Mientras tanto,

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Ben Winch
I wasn't quite convinced by this one - it seemed too plotless and random, like Dostoevsky but without the inspired passages that make a hard slog like The Idiot worth the hassle. It may be that the translation is partly to blame, or that a second reading will help, but even so I doubt this will ever be something I'll truly love. Perhaps tellingly, Arlt is a favourite of Julio Cortazar's, another guy who I feel is either ill-served by translators or not my cup of tea. These novels where people ju ...more
Rosenkavalier
L'espressionismo magico (desagradable, pero fuerte)

"Detrás del descuido de Roberto Arlt, yo siento una especie de fuerza. De fuerza desagradable, desde luego, pero de fuerza" (J. L. Borges).

Nella Buenos Aires del 1929 girava gente di tutti i tipi.
I sette pazzi del titolo sono gli improbabili attori di una rivoluzione che avrebbe fatto la felicità degli alimentatori di teorie del complotto (se fossero esistiti all'epoca).
Una rivoluzione nè fascista nè bolscevica, forse tutte e due insieme, alimen
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Vit Babenco
Dec 12, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roberto Arlt was just ahead of time… His gemstone seems to be rough and uncut but it shines from inside.
Seven Madmen is a story of the revolutionary struggle…
“Who is going to make the social revolution if it’s not the swindlers, the wretched, the murderers, the cheats, all the scum that suffer here below without the slightest sign of hope? Or do you reckon it’s the penpushers and the shopkeepers who are going to make the revolution?”
And to arrange a revolution there must be a secret society…
“Th
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Sini
Mar 19, 2016 Sini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rond 1930 publiceerde de Argentijn Roberto Arlt het tweeluik "De zeven gekken" en "De vlammenwerpers", dat vanwege zijn totaal waanzinnige inhoud en vorm volkomen de grond in werd geboord. Maar later werd het bejubeld als meesterwerk en klassieker, vooral in Argentinië zelf maar ook daarbuiten. En nu ik beide boeken eindelijk eens een keer gelezen heb jubel ik uit volle borst mee. Dit tweeluik vereist door zijn grillige plot en barokke stijl wel veel concentratie, en zelf had ik ook forse moeite ...more
Jacob Wren
May 13, 2010 Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Roberto Arlt on forming a secret society:


I’m telling you honestly – I don’t know if our society would be Bolshevik or fascist. Sometimes I think the best thing would be to concoct such an unholy mixture that not even God could untangle it. I’m being completely frank with you now. For the moment, what I’m aiming for is a huge undefined mass which could accommodate every possible human aspiration. My plan is to target young Bolsheviks, students and intelligent proletarians. We will also welcome al
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Carlos
Apr 07, 2011 Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, read-2011
The Seven Madmen is the sort of work that never seems to lose its impact. Even 80 years after its original publication, there's something uniquely unsettling about Arlt's account of one man's involvement in a bizarre criminal conspiracy. The man in question, Remo Erdosain, finds himself in trouble at the beginning of the novel. His bosses at The Sugar Company have figured out that he has been embezzling, and give him a day to return the money he has robbed. To make things worse, when he gets hom ...more
Alden Weer
Feb 28, 2016 Alden Weer rated it it was ok
Perdón, me aburrí. Se lo digo a los otros, a Roberto, a Piglia y un poco a mí mismo; porque es un libro donde prestando atención a los detalles de vez en cuando se encuentra algo genial y capaz grandioso. De entre lo más a mano que recuerdo está esa idea de fundar un imperio nuevo basado en una mentira, pero sin que importe cuál sea esa mentira; primero como plan para hacerse con todo el poder y en las últimas páginas capaz ya más como necesidad de una sociedad donde las mentiras antiguas (crist ...more
Gabriele
Potrei riassumere questo libro dicendovi di diffidare sempre quando, nelle note biografiche dell’autore, trovate scritto “il più grande romanziere” di questa o quell’altra località geografica. Roberto Arlt, argentino, pubblica “I sette pazzi” nel 1929, un romanzo sicuramente avanti nei tempi ma che soddisfazione, ahimé, me ne ha lasciata ben poca. La trama è quanto di più bizzarro ci si potrebbe aspettare, i personaggi fin troppo particolari, costruiti a tavolino e dunque poco credibili, l’ambie ...more
[P]
Aug 03, 2016 [P] rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have made mention of my poor upbringing, the trying circumstances in which I was raised, in numerous reviews. It’s something that never seems to go away, is always there, creeping around at the back of my mind like some sinister, hungry woodland creature. As I was so miserable, I would regularly fantasise about escape, about far off places, or extravagant reversals of fortune. Each night I would imagine myself on a raft, in the middle of an ocean as bright as neon bar signs, with sleek sharks ...more
Julie
Aug 24, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing sentences glittering throughout this book. Reminded me of a 1920's Fight Club. Arlt is the man.
Agus
Aug 17, 2016 Agus rated it liked it
Las tres estrellas no se correlacionan con la calidad de la novela, solo sigo las reglas de la pagina y estas dictan que tres estrellas significa que me gustó. Eso. Me gustó. Arlt tiene un manejo de la narración que se siente muy propio de él, a pesar de que esta es la primera novela que leo de él. Se da una extraña relación de oposición funcional donde tenemos personajes y paisajes profundamente sórdidos y lumpen pero siendo descritos en una prosa poética y profundamente estilizada. Arlt trata ...more
jeremy
Apr 01, 2016 jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
from julio cortázar's 1981 introduction:
from the tangled skein of misanthropy, megalomiania, miserabilismo, masochism, faustian drive, schopenhauerian negativity, and a bergsonian leap toward a dionysian dynamic (plus, of course, nietzsche); from that voluntary hell in permanent rebellion, drenched in a longing for open skies, earthly paradises, flights into the absolute; from that anarchism in search of fascist or nihilistic praxis, the rejection of proletariat filth and bourgeoisie filth ali
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Karina
Oct 13, 2015 Karina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin, reviewed

For most people here in England mention Argentina and they think of the Falklands War. Either that or the football rivalry between the two countries which lasted over four decades. But to those of us who study the culture of Latin America more closely Argentina represents a vibrant literary scene. It has produced several notable writers among them Borges, Cortazar, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Macedonio Fernandez
The blurb describes the author as the father of the Argentine novel yet there are echoes of
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Kevin Tole
Not an easy book to track down but well worth the effort. This is Roberto Arlt's second book. It's a harder read than Mad Toy (El Jugete Rabioso) but in many ways a far far deeper book. Said to be auto-biographical it shows the multi-layering which has become to be known as the sense of many South American writers.

Ostensibly the tale of Erdosain, a petty under-employed thief and his plan with The Astrologer to kidnap and murder a man for his money so that they can embark on their masterplan to s
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Veterini
Sep 28, 2010 Veterini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argentina
Ce roman m’a permis de retrouvé le Buenos Aires cauchemardesque tel qu’on pouvait le lire dans la trilogie d’Ernesto Sabato que j’avais beaucoup aimé. Buenos Aires y est décris comme une métropole aliénante, et ici, pour des personnages aliénés. Mégalomane, misanthrope, misogyne à la dernière extrémité, le sens du réel est distordu autour d’eux. Il faut dire que « Les 7 fous » est plutôt un roman d’idées à la Musil, et que leurs idées sont assez terrifiantes, il y est beaucoup question de solitu ...more
Temz
Sep 18, 2015 Temz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Угнетение" е дума, която е заседнала в гърлото на всеки средностатестически гражданинв едно технократско общество. Заспала дълбоко през слънчевите дни, при първите капки фрустация и душевен вакуум, тя се събужда и започва да гъделичка гръкляна, шепнейки:"Изплюй ме, изплюй ме, де!". Усещаш я, мъчиш се да избягаш от ужасното усещане на дискомфорт и погнуса, но от малък си научен да се сдържаш. И мълчиш. А черната дупка на самотата се разраства всеки изминал ден все повече и все повече.
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Chris
Nope. Sorry. I get while the writer is well regarded. But there is something totally off putting in this book. Mostly because of the female characters. Sorry book, it's me, not you.


(NYRB Book of the Month Dec 2015. Free per offer of joining for this year).
Alexia Polasky
Mar 16, 2015 Alexia Polasky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Confuso. Desordenado. Incoherente. Inconcluso.
No sé qué hacer con la continuación, porque si es tan desastroso y pesado como éste... la voy a pasar muy mal.
Araceli
Mar 24, 2016 Araceli rated it really liked it
Shelves: uni, owned, reviewed, 2016
3.5*
"El escepticismo es un lujo de la minoría... Al resto le serviremos la felicidad bien cocinada y la humanidad engullirá gozosamente la divina bazofia."

No pondré en duda que es un libro muy importante para la literatura Argentina. Las descripciones de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, la interioridad de los personajes, la sociedad secreta, la geometrización de los sentimientos, la angustia del "hombre masa", algunos detalles como la nota del comentador y el carácter visionario de la novela respecto
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Yuki Black
Dec 04, 2015 Yuki Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awesome
Sinopsis:

Erdosain, protagonistul romanului Cei şapte nebuni (1929), este un erou existenţialist, care străbate străzile din Buenos Aires „cu moartea în suflet“, conştient de „zădărnicia de a trăi fără iluzii“. Este un inventator care, împreună cu Astrologul, visează la o societate nouă, care nu se poate baza decât pe minciună, căci „oamenii nu se cutremură decât cu minciuni“. O societate în care îşi vor găsi locul genii apocrife, literaţi de tejghea, inventatori de cartier, profeţi de parohie, o
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Loredana Adriana
Mai jos puteţi citi recenzia mea de pe SemneBune, însă o mică precizare înainte de asta: nu e o carte pentru oricine. Vă poate plictisi destul de uşor, dacă vreţi acţiune sau răsturnări de situaţie, însă dacă vă place să citiţi despre procesele minţii umane, mai ales în situaţii excepţionale, gen punerea la cale a unei crime (:D), atunci vă va atrage.

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O carte cum puţine mi-a fost dat să citesc, „Cei şapte nebuni” (1929) de Roberto Arlt oferă un periplu fascinant şi cu adevărat şocant, pentru
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Lucas
Jun 05, 2008 Lucas rated it it was ok
Hmmm... I have read that this book was panned by critics when it first came out because Arlt "didn't know how to write." That seems fair to me. The pacing of "Los Siete Locos" gave me the impression that this tale was reeled off as he went and never revised. The book alternates between interesting parts with vivid characters involved in bizarre ramblings and conspiracy theorizing, a lot of which seems way ahead of its time (I think this was published in 1927 or 1928), and then the parts where th ...more
Andrea Fiore
Lo stile concitato, febbricitante e (volutamente) sgraziato, i personaggi in costante bilico tra tormento ed esaltazione, il sapore dolceamaro dell’umiliazione, il fascino della violenza e del crimine, la necessità imperiosa di fare (e soprattutto subire) il male; non a caso Juan Carlos Onetti definiva Arlt "il traduttore di Dostoevskij in lunfardo (slang dei bassifondi di Buenos Aires)”, forse il complimento migliore che si possa fare ad un romanziere.

"La sua vita si dissanguava. Il suo dolore
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Roberto Arlt was an Argentine writer born Roberto Godofredo Christophersen Arlt in Buenos Aires on April 2, 1900. His parents were both immigrants: his father Karl Arlt was a Prussian from Posen (now Poznan in present-day Poland) and his mother was Ekatherine Iobstraibitzer, a native of Trieste and Italian speaking. German was the language commonly used at their home. His relationship with his fat ...more
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“Se ha inventado casi todo pero no ha inventado el hombre una máxima de gobierno que supere a los principios de un Cristo, un Buda. No. Naturalmente, no le discutiré el derecho al escepticismo, pero el escepticismo es un lujo de minoría... Al resto le serviremos la felicidad bien cocinada y la humanidad engullirá gozosamente la divina bazofia.” 10 likes
“¿Quiénes van a hacer la revolución social, sino los estafadores, los desdichados, los asesinos, los fraudulentos, toda la canalla que sufre abajo sin esperanza alguna? ¿O te crees que la revolución la van a hacer los cagatintas y los tenderos?” 1 likes
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