Many relevant authors have focused on the Argentines from different points of view: some have concentrated on their feelings, others have attempted to be profound, still others undertake a description of their mysteries, their intimacy, their solitude, their slyness, their lower-middle class bourgeoisie. With descriptions that at times are hateful or self-complacent, or enthusiastic and melancholic, they have attempted an exploration of an Argentina that has been categorized as incoherent, absurd, or paradoxical, difficult to understand for foreigners, and not at all easy for its own citizens.
Marcos Aguinis undertakes a brave and lucid journey to the arcane depths of our minds. He wants to understand the country and its inhabitants because -he points out- he loves them, he admires them, they move and confuse him. With his agile and brilliant literary style, he takes us through the mystifying labyrinth that challenges our strength and our reason. He is keen on travelling through a colorful and touching history that hides confusing chambers, humorous situations, and tragic aisles. This is a moving tale for everybody; for Argentines, it is an exciting exercise of rediscovery.