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As tense as a thriller, as vivid as an undercover documentary, a brilliant first novel from Argentina takes readers right into the streets and slums of Buenos Aires as one young man fights for his life In Buenos Aires the economy has collapsed and people are protesting on the streets. But in the barrio, life goes onthe slums of the city are ruled by gangs, drugs, and guns. Gringo and Chueco are almost adults, and joining the gang warfare that governs their community seems inevitable. Chueco thinks he can join El Jetita's gang but remain his own man, while Gringo knows this can't happenyou obey the leader or else. As they two get drawn ever deeper into the turf war between El Jetita and his rival Charly, Gringo sees an alternative way of life, and love, pass before his eyes. A few days ago he and Chueco were joking about killing cats; now he's fighting to save his skin. Matias Nespolo's bold and brilliant first novel takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through a place of crime and deprivation.
Matías Néspolo was selected by Granta in 2010 as one of their best young contemporary Spanish-language novelists. This is his first novel.