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Varamo by César Aira
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Jul 19, 14

bookshelves: latin-american-fiction

Aira's ability to create these surreal, domestic little fabulations seems to have no end. He blends melodrama, farce, technical data and latin American history together around a weirdly compelling protagonist whose greatest achievement in life the entire book basically serves as a run up to. The more metaphysical strain in Aira's writing comes out in full force in Varamo more than it does in some of his other books, his musings about causality, art, repetition and finitude are as deftly handled and as thoughtful as they ever are. It might lack the jaw dropping brilliance of Episode in the life of a landscape painter, but Varamo is still very much a book about creators and creating, and since the character in question goes on to create a poem that we know little to nothing about, the whole thing feels a bit more artistically biographical than some of Aira's other works.
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