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Aira, César 1949-

Overview
Works: 398 works in 1,686 publications in 9 languages and 16,945 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Historical fiction  Ghost stories  Satire  Science fiction  Humorous fiction  Biography‡vDictionaries  Dictionaries  Satirical literature 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Collector, Author of introduction, Interviewee
Classifications: PQ7798.1.I7, 863.64
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Ema, the captive by César Aira( Book )

49 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nineteenth-century Argentina, Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins, is captured by soldiers and taken, along with her newborn babe, to live as a concubine in a crude fort on the very edges of civilization. The trip is appalling (deprivations and rapes prevail along the way), yet the real story commences once Ema arrives at the fort, where she takes on a succession of lovers among the soldiers and Indians, leading to a brave and grand entrepreneurial experiment. As is usual with Aira's work, the wonder of the book is in the details of customs, beauty, and language, and the curious, perplexing reality of human nature
Ghosts by César Aira( Book )

33 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ghosts revolves around an immigrant worker's family squatting on the haunted construction site of a luxury condominium building. All of the workmen and their wives and children see the ghosts, who literally hang around the place, but one teenage girl becomes the most curious. And then her questions about the ghosts get so intense that her mother - in a chilling split-second - realizes her daughter's life hangs in the balance."--Back cover
Varamo by César Aira( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Varamo concerns a day in the life of a hapless government employee. After being paid by the ministry in counterfeit money, our unfortunate bureaucrat, Varamo, wanders around all night, then sits down and writes the most celebrated masterwork of modern Central American poetry, The Song of the Virgin Boy. What is odd is that Varamo, at fifty years old, 'hadn't previously written one sole verse, nor had it ever occurred to him to write one.'"--P. [4] of cover
The hare by César Aira( Book )

35 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clarke, a nineteenth-century English naturalist, roams the pampas in search of that most elusive and rare animal: the Legibrerian hare, whose defining quality seems to be its ability to fly. The local Indians, pointing skyward, report recent sightings of the hare but then ask Clarke to help them search for their missing chief as well. On further investigation Clarke finds more than meets the eye:in the Mapuche and Voroga languages every word has at least two meanings. Witty, very ironic, and with all the usual Airian digressive magic, The Hare offers subtle reflections on love, Victorian-era colonialism, and the many ambiguities of language
Shantytown by César Aira( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in Spanish and English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle-class, directionless ox of a young man who helps the trash pickers of Buenos Aires's shantytown attracts the attention of a corrupt policeman who would use anyone including innocent kids to break a drug ring he believes is operating in the slum. By the author of An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
Dinner by César Aira( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One Saturday night a bankrupt bachelor in his sixties and his mother dine with a wealthy friend. They discuss their endlessly connected neighbors. They talk about a mysterious pit that opened up one day, and the old bricklayer who sometimes walked to the cemetery to cheer himself up. Anxious to show off his valuable antiques, the host shows his guests old windup toys and takes them to admire an enormous doll. Back at home, the bachelor decides to watch some late night TV before retiring. The news quickly takes a turn for the worse as, horrified, the newscaster finds herself reporting about the dead rising from their graves, leaving the cemetery, and sucking the blood of the livingall somehow, disturbingly reminiscent of the dinner party
Un episodio en la vida del pintor viajero by César Aira( Book )

39 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Johan Moritz Rugendas, whom Humboldt himself admired as a master in the pictorial art of capturing nature scenes, was the best of the few traveling painters the western world had. His second trip to the Americas resulted in thousands of oils, watercolors, and drawings, primarily of the jungles and tropical mountains. But the secret objective of his journey was Argentina: only there, he thought, could he find the other side of his art. He visited it on two occasions: in 1847, in Buenos Aires, he recorded in abundance the landscapes of the R?o de la Plata, and this was his most fruitful visit. Ten years earlier, however, a brief and dramatic visit to Mendoza had given him a chance to journey to the heart of his dreams. German painter Robert Krauze accompanied him. Without a doubt, Rugendas reached that impossible center, at least for an instant, but at an exorbitantly high price. A strange episode, which he couldn?t keep from savagely absorbing into his entire body, interrupted the journey and left an indelible print on his life, his art, and his youth." - Amazon
How I became a nun by César Aira( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"My story, the story of 'how I became a nun, ' began very early in my life; I had just turned six. The beginning is marked by a vivid memory, which I can reconstruct down to the last detail. Before, there is nothing, and after, everything is an extension of the same vivid memory, continuous and unbroken, including the intervals of sleep, up to the point where I took the veil ..." So starts Cesar Aira's astounding "autobiographical" novel. Intense and perfect, this invented narrative of childhood experience bristles with dramatic humor at each stage of growing up: a first ice cream, school, reading, games, friendship. The novel begins in Aira's hometown, Coronel Pringles. As self-awareness grows, the story rushes forward in a torrent of anecdotes which transform a world of uneventful happiness into something else : the anecdote becomes adventure, and adventure, fable, and then legend. Between memory and oblivion, reality and fiction, Cesar Aira's How I Became a Nun retains childhood's main treasures: the reality of fable and the delirium of invention. A few days after his fiftieth birthday, Cesar Aira (b. 1949, Argentina) noticed the thin rim of the moon, visible despite the rising sun. When his wife explained the phenomenon to him he was shocked that for fifty years he had known nothing about "something so obvious, so visible." This epiphany led him to write How I Became a Nun. With a subtle and melancholic sense of humor he reflects on his failures, on the meaning of life and the importance of literature."--Publisher's website
An episode in the life of a landscape painter by César Aira( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter is the story of a moment in the life of the German artist Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858). Greatly admired as a master landscape painter, he was advised by Alexander von Humboldt to record the spectacular landscapes of Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. Rugendas did in fact become one of the best of the nineteenth-century European painters to venture into Latin America. However this is not a biography of Rugendas. This work of fiction weaves an almost surreal history around Rugendas' trips to Argentina where he strived to achieve in art the "physiognomic totality" of Humboldt's scientific vision of the whole
Conversations by César Aira( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Daily conversations in outdoor cafés with cultured friends can help make reality a little more real. Unfortunately, however, during one such conversation, one man spots a gold Rolex watch on a TV soap opera's goatherd. This seemingly small absurdity sets off alarms: strange sensations of deception, distress, and incipient madness. The two men's uneasiness soon becomes a nightmare as the TV adventure advances with a real-life plot--involving a mutant strain of killer algae--to take over the world!"--Amazon.com
The linden tree by César Aira( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in Spanish and English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Linden Tree, the narrator, who could be Aira himself (born the same year, in the same place, a writer who is now also living in Buenos Aires) writes down his childhood memories"--
The literary conference by César Aira( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cesar is a translator who's fallen on very hard times due to the global economic downturn; he is also an author, and a mad scientist hell-bent on world domination. On a visit to the beach he intuitively solves an ancient riddle, finds a pirate's treasure, and becomes a very wealthy man. Even so, Cesar's bid for world domination comes first and so he attends a literary conference to be near the man whose clone he hopes will lead an army to victory: the world-renowned Mexican author, Carlos Fuentes. A comic science fiction fantasy
Las noches de Flores by César Aira( Book )

29 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the streets of the Flores neighborhood in Buenos Aires, a series of characters in extreme situations tries to survive the collapse of a country and its terrible consequences. The Argentinean crisis obliges an older couple to take on a job delivering pizzas at night. Aldo and Rosita Peyró travel the streets of Flores, a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, like two teenagers, ready to face the economic disaster. In their nighttime journeys, they see up close the direct consequences of the crisis: crime, families sleeping in the street, gangs doing damage, abandoned elderly people and children, drunks, etc. Among these people and various extreme situations is the kidnapping and subsequent killing of a boy, Jonathan, a reflection of the underground horror shaking all of Argentinean society. Jonathan's case triggers a series of corrupt actions in which many of Aldo and Rosita's pizza delivery colleagues are involved. There are also institutions involved in the mix, but perhaps, though it might seem absurd, a convent could be the key to the mystery
Diccionario de autores latinoamericanos by César Aira( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El diccionario expone las riquezas de cinco siglos de literaturas americanas, narradores, poetas, dramaturgos, alternan con historiadores, científicos, periodistas, cronistas antiguos y modernos, utopistas y aficionados
The miracle cures of Dr. Aira by César Aira( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short fiction about a doctor who has a gift for making miracles and who is not deterred by his archenemy, Dr. Actyn, who is constantly trying to prove he is a charlatan
Alejandra Pizarnik by César Aira( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in Spanish and French and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El santo by César Aira( Book )

13 editions published in 2015 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Durante la Edad Media, en una población de la costa catalana, vive un anciano monje que ha consagrado los últimos cuarenta años de su vida al ejercicio escrupuloso de su vocación, percibiendo el mundo siempre desde la oración y la distancia. Tras obrar unos cuantos milagros, nuestro monje se gana el reconocimiento y la devoción de todos los feligreses del mundo cristiano. Pero al intuir que se acercaba el final de su vida, decide retirarse y terminar sus días en su Italia natal. El abad y las autoridades, ante el miedo a perder la principal fuente de ingresos de la región, encargan su asesinato para de este modo conservar la sagrada reliquia del cuerpo del monje. El azar o la Providencia conceden al viejo anacoreta la oportunidad de escapar de este funesto destino, y se embarca hacia parajes exóticos en una odisea de peligros y aventuras. Así da comienzo el zigzagueante viaje iniciático de nuestro héroe hacia el corazón de África
Canto castrato by César Aira( Book )

23 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in Spanish and French and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Canto castrato nos conduce, en medio de un encendido clima de romanticismo, tras los pasos de un divo de la ópera dieciochesca, el Micchino. En 1738 las naciones de Europa se alzan en su escalada de absolutismo y frivolidad. La muerte de Luis XIV ha abierto un vacío que poco a poco llenarán las criaturas ambiguas del rococó. Ha llegado el momento de máximo esplendor de emperatrices y reyes galantes: Catalina, María Teresa, Federico el Grande, Luis en Bienamado... Y sobre los más altos poderes se cierne un canto sublime e inquietante: el de los castrati. Desde Nápoles hasta San Petersburgo pasando por Viena, Canto castrato es un viaje artístico en el que asistimos al triunfo de la ópera italiana en las cortes nórdicas. Pero también es un recorrido por el clima político de la época, pues alrededor de la música se teje una maraña de intereses... Y, sobre todo, es una travesía amorosa: el Micchino repite los pasos de Orfeo para rescatar a la pequeña Amanda del infierno de un matrimonio desdichado. Que lo logre al fin no es el menor de los milagros de esta novela seductora y apasionada."--Publisher description
The seamstress and the wind by César Aira( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seamstress who is sewing a wedding dress for the pregnant local art teacher fears that her son, while playing in a big semitruck, has been accidentally kidnapped and driven off to Patagonia. Completely unhinged, she calls a local taxi to follow the semi in hot pursuit. When her husband finds out what's happened, he takes off after wife and child. They race not only to the end of the world, but to adventures in desire where the wild Southern wind falls in love with the seamstress, and a monster child takes up with the truck driver
The little Buddhist monk ; &, The proof by César Aira( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Little Buddhist Monk is a story of Asian invention gone wild, as a diminutive Korean Buddhist monk acts as a tour guide to an increasingly distraught French couple on a working vacation in the Far East. Proof brings us quickly back to the West, where two punks, plus a new recruit ("Wannafuck?" is the opening line as the two punk lesbians accost the chubby and shy Marcia on a quiet street in Buenos Aires), take control of a local supermarket with dire consequences for the hostages. These two Aira works are as different as night and day. Nevertheless, sex, identity, and modern day economics figure deeply in both of these fast-paced, edgy fictions
 
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GhostsVaramoThe hareShantytownUn episodio en la vida del pintor viajeroHow I became a nunAn episode in the life of a landscape painterThe linden tree
Alternative Names
Aira, C. 1949-

Aira César

Aira, César T.

Aira, César T. 1949-

Aira, César Tomás

Aira, César Tomás 1949-

César Aira Argentine writer and translator, and an exponent of Argentine contemporary literature

César Aira argentinischer Schriftsteller

César Aira argentinsk författare, översättare och en huvudfigur inom den samtida argentinska litteraturen

César Aira argentinský spisovatel

César Aira vertaler uit Argentinië

César Aira writer and translator

Айра, Сесар

Сесар Айра

Սեսար Այրա

איירה, ססר, 1949-

אירה, ססר 1949-

ססר איירה סופר ארגנטינאי

سزار آیرا مترجم و نویسنده آرژانتینی

アイラ, セサル

セサル・アイラ

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