Ricardo Piglia, one of Argentina’s best-known contemporary writers, delivers a blend of noirish crime and social commentary in this provocative tale of a 1965 Buenos Aires bank robbery and its bloody aftermath. Based on original reports, Money to Burn tells the story of a gang of sexed-up, drug-abusing, reckless bandits who, fancying themselves as urban guerrillas, raided a bank in downtown Buenos Aires. They escaped with millions in cash but six weeks later found their hideout surrounded by 300 military police, journalists & TV cameras. The subsequent siege and its shocking outcome have become a Latin American legend.
The group will meet Wednesday, April 13, 7-8:00 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Ricardo Piglia’s Money to Burn (Spanish: Plata quemada) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!