Roberto Arlt

(1579 words)

Roberto Godofredo Christophersen Arlt was born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Buenos Aires, into a poor working-class family in which Spanish was, at best, the second language. His father, Karl or Carlos Arlt, was a glassblower from Poznañ, Prussia, now in Poland, and his mother, Ekatherine, was from Trieste, formerly part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today in Italy. He had a difficult relationship with his family – in his fiction, fathers are often absent, dead or violent – and spent his formative years in the lower-class district of Flores where he experienced an unconventional education that included little formal schooling, expulsion from the armed forces, a series of semi-permanent or failed jobs, and an …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Bollig, Ben. "Roberto Arlt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 July 2008
[, accessed 04 July 2015.]