Adam Buenosayres

Adam Buenosayres (Spanish: Adán Buenosayres) is a 1948 novel by the Argentine writer Leopoldo Marechal. The story takes place in Buenos Aires in the 1920s, and follows a vanguard writer who goes through a metaphysical struggle during three days. The book is a humorous account of the Martinfierristas movement, which was prominent in Argentine literature in the 1920s.[1]

Adam Buenosayres
First edition
AuthorLeopoldo Marechal
Original titleAdán Buenosayres
TranslatorNorman Cheadle
Sheila Ethier
PublisherEditorial Sudamericana
Publication date
Published in English
April 2014

Julio Cortázar hailed the novel as a major literary event, but otherwise it received limited attention upon the immediate publication. Pedro Orgambide has suggested that this might have been due to Marechal's support for Juan Perón, which was controversial at the time. It has since gained status as one of Argentina's most prominent novels.[1] The English translation by Norman Cheadle and Sheila Ethier was longlisted for the 2015 Best Translated Book Award.[2]


  1. ^ a b Brushwood, John S. (2014) [1975]. "The Years of the Reaffirmation of Fiction: El Señor Presidente (1946), Al filo del agua (1947), Adán Buenosayres (1948), El reino de este mundo (1949)". The Spanish American Novel: A Twentieth-Century Survey. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-77144-4.
  2. ^ Post, Chad W. (2015-04-07). "2015 Best Translated Book Award Fiction Longlist". Three Percent. University of Rochester. Retrieved 2015-04-11.

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