Fellows' Presentation

La Rosa de Cobre: A Seven Madmen Tale

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstitutePhoto by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Benjamín Naishtat RI '18

Free and open to the public.


Decrypting mankind’s contemporary disenchantment through the screen version of an Argentine 1929 expressionist novel by Roberto Arlt.

Artist's Statement

During my Radcliffe semester, I developed the grounds for the transposition—rather than adaptation—of the apocalyptic yet prophetical pulp-like novel The Seven Madmen, by Roberto Arlt. This marginal, anarchist writer depicted the most decadent corners of 1920s booming Buenos Aires and anticipated a time of cult-like tyrants and factories of death.

Man is a sad beast. Mankind has lost its joys and parties. Well then, we shall give them wonders. So claims the Astrologist, the leader of the organization that seeks world domination in the novel. Revisiting this masterful, mysterious text is a way to make sense out of the current stream of borderline events around the globe.