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Bad Times In Buenos Aires

Miranda France

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The Hungry Student, Prose: non-fiction, Travel & holiday, Travel writing

A funny and poignant account of life in Buenos Aires, by a young prize-winning writer.

In 1993 Miranda France moved to South America, drawn to Buenos Airesas the intellectual hub of the continent, with its wealth of writers and its romantic, passionate and tragic history. She found that it was all these things, but it was also a terrible place to live.

The inhabitants of Buenos Aires are famously unhappy. All over South America they are known for their arrogance, their fixation on Europe and their moodiness. Very soon, Miranda France encounters bronca- the simmering and barely controllable rage that is a staple feature of life in the Argentinian capital. She finds that bronca has deep roots: the violence and racism of the first European settlers: the dictatorships, especially in the 1970's when so many 'disappeared'; even Evita Peron, for there was no rage to rival Evita's.

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