the problem it suffers from is that it is way too short to try to keep redefining itself. is it a ghost story? a family story? a class story? the meditation on chilean/argentinian conflict and integration? a series of philosophical musings? the story of young girl's emotional entree into sexuality and adulthood? the problem is it tries to do it all. remember when michael jordan played baseball? ...more
Ghosts. Ghosts everywhere. Ghosts hovering in the corners of an unfinished building, on its roof, telling time, extending invitations, calling. The titular ghosts, the characters rendered ghostlike by their appearance then disappearance from the story. The ghost of a story hovering over the text—to be told, but not told. The ghost of thought, the unbuilt, the unwritten. The idea.
A haunting story that leaves the reader feeling there is more to it—the knowledge the author predicts will come throug...more
“Si potrebbe concepire un'arte nella quale le limitazioni della realtà fossero minime, nella quale il fatto e il non fatto si confondessero, un'arte istantaneamente reale e senza fantasmi. Forse esiste, ed è la letteratura”.
Non si può restare indifferenti a questo libro di César Aira, scrittore che, nelle parole di Bolano, sfugge a qualsiasi classificazione, collocandosi così in una complessità vicina alla grandezza di Macedonio Fernandez. Felici, disperati, ill ...more
All that aside, I've agonised over how ...more
The is stupendous. When I first read "Ghosts," there are only five things in English: four novels, and a chapter chosen by Roberto Bolaño in an anthology. When he is at his best (in, say, one of every ten books) Aira has no competitors in contemporary Latin American fiction.
When have you ever read -- when will you ever read again -- a ghost story in which the ghosts don't really want anything, in which some people care and others don't, in which most ghosts are naked ov ...more
There are some mo ...more
Plot: A Chilean family lives temporarily on the roof of a half-built (and otherwise uninhabited) condominium building. The story takes place during the course of a day: New Years Eve. The family gathers for a siesta to celebrate. Meanwhile there are ghosts, ...more
The writing is very specific for this short novel. It plays with how people speak to each other by grouping dialogue more by theme and not so much by who is talking. For example, if someone is telling the main character about her children Aira will group the entire conversation (from both sides) into one long paragraph. This, to ...more
Characters feel at points like real people and at others like symbolic mouthpieces for the author's world view. But said view is restless and engaging, and the blend never strays wholly to one or the other. .
Book reads a little like a ...more
And then you'll find out that's exactly what's up. And you're right.
And it seems Aira gets some ideas together and just writes forward, never reviewing, an ...more
Posso dire che Aira racconta, con stile troppo particolareggiato e concentrato sulle descrizioni minute un po' fini a se stesse, un capodanno a Buenos Aires, di una famiglia del custode di un palazzo in costruzione che convive con alcuni fantasmi. ...more
I disagree, and I do not do so respectfully. Not only did I urgently want "Ghosts" to be over, in fact I wish I had never read it.
This book sucks because Aira's writing sucks (unless you are especially obsessed with dicks, as Aira is, in which case you will find plenty of interest here). It is a book, essentially, about nothing so much as ghost penises, and how Chileans are different from Arge ...more
Like a Buenos Aires luxury apartment building with a rooftop pool that is in the final stages of construction -- in the middle of a heat wave. It is New Year's Eve, and because December 31 in Argentina is like the Northern Hemisphere's June 30, it is one of the longest days of the year.
The action c ...more
"Ghosts" by Cesar Aira is the story of a Chilean family that is living on the site of what will be luxury condos in Argentina. The seven-story building also houses tons of naked male ghosts, who float from floor to floor and perch in unlikely places and spend a lot o ...more
The Viñas family lives and works in a haunted condo development. The ever-present nude male ghosts enter and exit as they please, though they ar ...more
I’m not sure, but I think his speed at writing is a strength, lending this novel a swift looseness and experimental quality I haven’t seen much before. In a way, it shows that Aira respects his reader. He’s having an intellectual conversation, and he trusts his readers to come along and see where it takes u ...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