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Bad Times In Buenos Aires


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Reissued alongside the paperback edition her second book, the critically acclaimed DON QUIOXTE'S DELUSIONS An unforgettable portrait - crazy, hilarious and tragic - of the people who live in Latin America's greatest city Shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Award 'A complete surprise, and a wonderful one at that. Wonderful because her writing catches colour, rhythm, smog, smell and sadness in a way that few travel writers achieve today' LITERARY REVIEW "I loved this book. It shines a beam of light on to Buenos Aires, and illuminates a shadowy corner of the Argentinian psyche to boot' DAILY TELEGRAPH

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Miranda France was born in 1966 and was brought up in East Anglia and Sussex. She read Spainsh and Latin American Studies at Edinburgh University, which included a year in Madrid. In the early 1990s she lived in Brazil and Edinburgh and then Buenos Aires, and in 1996 she won the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for a piece about her time in Buenos Aires. Her first book, Bad Times in Buenos Aires, was published in 1998. She lives with her husband and young son in London


France, who moved to Buenos Aires in 1993 as a freelance journalist, entwines personal recollections with research and thoughtful descriptions to provide a fascinating glimpse into the Buenos Aires she experienced. For instance, we are introduced to Sylvia, who required English vocabulary to express her three main interests: food, love, and headaches. France also spent time floating with the Aymara Indians on their man-made island homes. Her narrative is fascinating, describing tragic historic events, the myths surrounding Evita Pern, obsessions with psychoanalysis, and Frances own inner debates as she explores a different culture. The article that was the foundation for this book won the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. A wonderfully insightful journey into a city and its people; recommended for public libraries.Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., Briarwood, NY

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