Ghosts is about a construction worker's family squatting on a building site. They all see large and handsome ghosts around their quarters, but the teenage daughter is the most curious. Her questions about them become more and more heartfelt until the story reaches a critical, chillin...more
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
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
"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
In 2007 konden we bij ons voor het eerst kennismaken met werk van het Argentijnse literair fenomeen César Aira (°1949), die sinds zijn debuut in 1975 een zeventigtal titels heeft gepubliceerd en bekendstaat om zijn onnavolgbare stijl. Na 'De nachtelijke invallen van ambtenaar Varamo' (De Geus) is nu eindelijk een tweede roman van Aira in het Nederlands vertaald.
'De schimmen' speelt zich af op de werf van een luxeflat in Buenos Aires, w...more
The hare shrugged his shoulders, difficult as that may be to imagine.I feel so lucky, having just read A High Wind in Jamaica and now moving on to this nice little thing. Here’s one of the few times I’ve seen magical realism really work—proving that Latin America always does it best. This is a careful narrator, similar in tone to Salvador Plascencia (The People of Paper) and near to Miguel Angel Asturias (Mulata) as well. (Or maybe it’s always the same translator.)
— p. 124
There is some talk abou...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
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