Los Lanzallamas by Roberto Arlt

By Roberto Arlt

ROBERTO ARLT (1900-1942), hijo de prusiano y austro-húngara, emigrados en Buenos Aires, por lo que los angeles lengua hablada en el seno del hogar period el alemán. Su infancia estuvo marcada por l. a. estrechez, en el barrio porteño de Flores, y por l. a. rigidez extrema de los angeles educación que le aplicó el padre. Se le expulsó de l. a. escuela a los ocho años, por lo que se hizo a sí mismo de modo autodidacta. Comenzó su vida laboral con los trabajos más diversos: redactor en un periódico neighborhood, ayudante de biblioteca, pintor, mecánico, soldador, trabajador portuario y director de una fábrica de ladrillos. En 1926 comenzó su carrera literaria con l. a. publicación de su novela “El juguete rabioso”. Se vinculó al grupo progresista Boedo y se le considera como el introductor de l. a. novela moderna en Argentina. Sus obras se caracterizan por un realismo constituido en alegorías de l. a. degradación que amenaza los angeles gran urbe, erigiéndose así como el primer gran novelista urbano del contexto hispanoamericano, pionero en los angeles revelación del trasfondo existencial que acucia l. a. vida en las grandes ciudades. “Los lanzallamas” (1931). Es l. a. continuación de “Los siete locos”, donde se retoman las obsesiones de cada uno de los personajes: los proyectos revolucionarios del Astrólogo, los conflictos internos de Erdosain y prosiguen las peripecias del Rufián Melancólico y de Elsa quien, refugiada en un convento, cuenta l. a. historia en l. a. que se ha visto envuelta a las monjas. En realidad se trata de una única novela con dos partes.

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