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The novel adapted for Lucrecia Martel's 2017 feature. The novel adapted for Lucrecia Martel's 2017 feature.
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The novel adapted for Lucrecia Martel's eponymous 2017 film, due for DVD release on 23 July 2018. 

First published in 1956, 
Zama is now widely recognized as a masterpieces of modern Argentine and Spanish-language literature. 

Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, weirdly archaic and powerfully novel, Zama takes place in the last decade of the eighteenth century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asuncion, the capital of remote Paraguay. There, eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, he does as little as he possibly can while plotting his eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good. 

 Zama is at once dense and unforeseen, terse and fateful, marked throughout by a haunting movement between sentences, paragraphs, and sections, so that every word seems to emerge from an ocean of things left unsaid. 

The novel adapted for Lucrecia Martel's eponymous 2017 film, due for DVD release on 23 July 2018. 

First published in 1956, 
Zama is now widely recognized as a masterpieces of modern Argentine and Spanish-language literature. 

Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, weirdly archaic and powerfully novel, Zama takes place in the last decade of the eighteenth century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asuncion, the capital of remote Paraguay. There, eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, he does as little as he possibly can while plotting his eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good. 

 Zama is at once dense and unforeseen, terse and fateful, marked throughout by a haunting movement between sentences, paragraphs, and sections, so that every word seems to emerge from an ocean of things left unsaid. 

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SKU 9781590177174
Author(s) Antonio Di Benedetto, translated by Esther Allen
Publisher(s) New York Review of Books Classics
Format Paperback
Original publication date 1956
Number of pages 224

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