The Literary Conference
I like weird books. What can I say? I like books of the sort that cause some to roll their eyes and wonder “WTF is this? People read this shit?”—the sorts of books that are hard to place by genre, other than that anti-genre sometimes called Literary Fiction. The ones that frequently provoke one-word reviews: Boring! The sorts of fiction that prompt sneers of ‘book snob’ or, in my case, ‘dilettante’ (it’s cool, I’ve been called worse).
I don’t care so much about the story. I do, of course, care a...more
As the result of pure chance, the narrator -- also called César -- discovers a pirate treasure that makes him fabulously rich. As a combination playwright and mad scientist, he decides to clone the Mexican author C ...more
aira's main character, a translator and playwright, sets about fulfilling his dream of world dominatio ...more
Allow me to elaborate:
In the first section, “The Macuto Line,” ...more
This was a strange reading experience. As far as narrative goes, this one has very little, and that is really saying something since the book is only 90 pages long. But in a metaficitonal way, the book is fine with that.
You see, this book is alive in a way. It goes off on tangents and refers to 'tra ...more
When I first read Haruki Murakami years ago, I think I was looking for something closer to Aira. His steadfast commitment to the "flight forward" technique (it is impossible to read without thinking about this technique: ideas are raised & then dropped abruptly for new directions, revisited only to launch new tangents) and to brevity ...more
Sometimes I'm unsatisfied with autho ...more
no sé, sea q esté o no en el canon airano, el congreso de lit me pareció muy bueno, pero tampoco sé si lo recomendaría pq m ...more
It's immensely entertaining. I still laugh out loud just thinking about the outlandishness of this little novel.
Aira plays the part of the main character as a mad genius, a scientist and writer propelled by the unchecked force of his imagination; a John Cleese playing a mad scien ...more
This time I'll zero in on just one quality of his imagination that sets him apart from most other authors. This book begins with a short chapter describing how the author, a certain César, famous writer and "mad scientist," discovers the secret of the "Macuto Line," a mysterious braided cord on t ...more
At least this novella feels like it has that kind of improvisational feel. It's a personalized fantasy about the power of the imagination-- translator, occas ...more
Read on this level, the book is an amusing little romp -- very funny, like a comic science fiction novel. But on another level, the book is ...more
I won't recommend this book to those who hate simple experiments in story, but to those who have interest in style and ...more
He has published over fifty books of stories, novels and essays. Indeed, at least since 1993 a hallmark of his work is an almost frenetic level of ...more