Come funziona una città duale: i discorsi sulla povertà e l’invisibilizzazione della baraccopoli in La Villa di César Aira

César Aira’s novel La Villa is not about the life in the shanty town: it tells the way shanty towns are perceived by the other city dwellers. Instead of focusing on the villa miseria, it focuses on the role it plays in the city’s self-representation. The social stereotypes that are commonly associated to the shanty town are ironically assimilated into the narrative perspective, allowing the text to enquire obliquely the social discourses that nourish and...
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