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Amulet
3.75
it was amazing
The Desire of the Hysteric

"And although the song that I heard was about war, about the heroic deeds of a whole generation of young Latin Americans led
...more
Jan 21, 2013
Dec 07, 2012
 
The Savage Detectives
4.09
it was amazing
"How can we break with a program that makes a value of crisis(modernism), or progress beyond the era of Progress (modernity), or transgress the ideolo ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jun 25, 2011
 
The Literary Conference
3.74
really liked it
I am not kidding when I say that Cesar Aira is the most fiercely free writer I have read. He is one whose greatness relies on the vehemence against gr ...more
Feb 19, 2014
Jan 22, 2013
 
Tres
3.90
really liked it
Dear ________, once I wrote you a poem about how your eyelids struggled against sleep as you lay in my arms. Today I've become an emerging writer and ...more
May 18, 2013
Jan 20, 2012
 
The Seamstress and the Wind
3.76
liked it
What is Aira's agenda?

Cesar Aira has written 80-odd novels in cafes. He sits there, cooks up something, writes himself into a corner, and then gets hi
...more
Feb 16, 2013
Jun 27, 2012
 
Antwerp
3.62
liked it
SEX STAIN

‘Will you visit me?’ ‘My boss says it takes 0.54 seconds for a person to decide to open an email after reading the subject line.’ ‘But I took
...more
Nov 07, 2012
Dec 19, 2011
 
Monsieur Pain
3.34
liked it
Politics, and the fascination for labyrinths

In the worldly sense, Monsieur Pain is a failure, simply because it pretends - or rather it has to pretend
...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
 
Last Evenings on Earth
4.10
it was amazing
Bolano at his best.

And Bolano at his best is a transvaluation of literature - here he achieves the rendering of a new aesthetic to the short story.

I
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Apr 17, 2013
Jun 12, 2012
 
The Hour of the Star
3.97
really liked it
One does not understand the sanctity of the title, though the novel is near-excellent.

While pure being allows for self-consciousness, it may be so sim
...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
The Feast of the Goat
4.22
liked it
In Innaritu's movies, time moves forward, backward, it expands, it contracts. Time runs at different paces in various narratives, all of which emanate ...more
May 15, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
 
An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
3.94
liked it
From Naturalism to Surrealism

I agree with The New Yorker when they say that Cesar Aira's prose can be 'slapdash and perfunctory,' but it is his fertil
...more
Jan 18, 2013
Dec 24, 2011
 
Nostromo
3.81
liked it
Knottily plotted. The story hurtles forward only when a special narrative device is used. Otherwise the omniscient narrator is almost always a marker ...more
Sep 08, 2014
Sep 02, 2013
 
Homer's the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey": A Biography (A Book That Shook the World)
3.79
it was amazing
An absolute stunner of scholarship. It is meant to be a rabbit-hole, and damn yes it is. You will be attached to the Western canon post this, forever.
Oct 31, 2013
Oct 27, 2013
 
The Invention of Morel
4.06
it was ok
Perhaps Borges destroyed Bioy Casares!

The writing of it should have been a risky adventure. But the diligence those risks evoked in a young Bioy Casar
...more
Jan 23, 2013
Sep 24, 2011
 
A Universal History of Infamy
3.98
liked it
According to Borges, the stories here were meant for nothing graver than light entertainment. But today their chief purpose may well be to provide acc ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
 
Bonsai
3.78
really liked it
An anti-story. Elements of the characters' lives are almost maliciously withheld, and what remains is the suggestion of a story. It also seems to me - ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Mar 17, 2012
 
Nazi Literature in the Americas
3.87
it was ok
In thirteen main parts, each of which - you might presume - is for a country in South America. It is not so.

Bolano's desire to create a mythology here
...more
Jun 27, 2014
Mar 17, 2012
 
My Documents
4.04
it was amazing
Light Lonesomeness

first appeared in a different form in The New Indian Express

At two-hundred and forty pages, My Documents is Zambra's longest English
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Sep 29, 2016
Apr 08, 2015
 
The General in His Labyrinth
3.66
really liked it
The unavoidable error of not re-reading a Marquez novel immediately after the first reading.
Oct 09, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
 
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
3.90
it was ok
In Diwali terms - this was a phuss bomb.
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 06, 2013
 
Senselessness
3.86
it was ok
The paranoid protagonist, talking in long sentences, succeeds when there is a moral core either suggested or arrived at. One cannot parody the baselin ...more
Nov 25, 2015
Mar 09, 2012
 
By Night in Chile
3.87
really liked it
"Still his greatest work," says James Wood. I don't know if I agree, but this is certainly a book that has seen more labour than the rest. The writing ...more
Jun 14, 2014
Dec 19, 2011
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
really liked it
Exceptional in the originality that it manifests in each sentence. Marquez's multi-colored imagination is splashed, a bit too inconsiderately at times ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
 
Ways of Going Home
3.82
really liked it
it's a little nothing really. and yet it works.
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
 
How I Became a Nun
3.76
really liked it
The nunnery here has things going for it.
Oct 2015
Feb 17, 2013
 
The Storyteller
3.70
really liked it
I read the hindi translation which, to my surprise, was good enough to keep me convinced of its sanctity till the last page.

The highlight of the novel
...more
not set
Apr 02, 2011
 
The Last Interview and Other Conversations
3.83
really liked it
Necessary for the completist. You can't miss the essence of your favortire writer.

Sample this:

"Positions are positions, sex is sex."

Indian girls might
...more
May 19, 2013
May 21, 2013
 
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
4.33
liked it
Really beautiful poems. Need more reading, more time. The song of despair is exceptional too.
Oct 02, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
 
2666
4.20
it was amazing
None
Jun 20, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
3.73
liked it
None
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
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