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
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
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
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
Primera novela que leo de César Aira y no me defraudó pero tampoco es que me haya volado la cabeza. Sin lugar a dudas Aira escribe muy bien pero por momentos la novela, incluso siendo cortita, se me hizo larga y densa. Por momentos es magnífica, por momentos decae y se siente una especie de vacío en la lectura...Me gustó en g ...more
The insidious power of this book convinced me that I need to collect all of Aira's fiction in ...more
A boy scout troop and their scout leader were sitting around a campfire at night. It was story time. The scout leader started off: “Tonight I’ll tell you about the building of a high-rise condominium in South America. It was New Year’s Eve day. All of the owners of the condos had come to look at the progress of the building. The contractors were way behind schedule. There were lots of people from different countries and their countless kids. Suddenly, they discover ...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