The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira
We live in a world dominated by the media. In a world where nearly anyone can have a camera primed and ready in their pockets, where everything we say or do can be unearthed by digging around the internet, we are constantly under the threat of having any of our actions called to the table for mass public scrutiny. César Aira’s novel, The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira, written at the turn of the century as t ...more
There’s something about a new César Aira novel—something that always makes me want to get my hands on it NOW. This one is, I think, even better than many of the others—something just shy of An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter. This one caught me up from the very beginning and didn’t turn loose. Exactly the sort of book I like, a book about fiction, fiction and writing, writing and reality, all that, sorta. And the ‘sorta’ is what I like.
Maybe it’s the way(s) Aira frequently returns to...more
the miracle cures of dr. aira (curas milagrosas del doctor aira) ...more
The first thing was to begin publishing his installments of the Miracle Cures. First
ทีนีเมือมันเปนงานทีนำเสนอไอเดียเฉพาะตัว พอแนวคิดในการเขียนของเรากับเขามันตางกัน การอานมันเลยก ...more
1. What is Aira writing about? It always seems: something other than what he is writing about. Somehow impossible to fix an interpretation. This makes his novels highly enjoyable or interesting.
2. Metaphysics! Does Aira get his (pseudo?) mathematics from logic or from reading Badiou or something like this?
As the title indicates, The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira is another one of these fancy-pants pomo novels that are about writing novels: the novelist as miracle healer, the novel as miracle. This rings all kinds of alarm klaxons in the mind of the experienced reader, as novels about novels have no novelty left, while conflating writing with heroic magic is just about the most treacly, self-serving metaphor for artistic creation I've ever seen--and I've read Zen Pencils. Now, here ...more
Review by Alli Carlisle
In César Aira’s The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira, the main character, Dr. Aira, is troubled by an excess of the ruminative faculty. We meet him wandering down a street in Buenos Aires, contemplating human dominance of the planet and the way moments of embarrassment, social awkwardness, have punctuated the grammar of his existence. Dr. Aira, very noticeably a namesake of the author, strikes one as perhaps a bit hapless, absorbed as he is ...more
So begins another original novel by Argentine-based Aira, whose Varamo was released earlier this year. In this 80-page novel, Dr. Aira is a Buenos Aires doctor who believes he is being followed and filmed in pursuit of his miracle cures.
The book is funny and philosophical at times, strange and confusing at others. Take this passage that shows Dr. Aira’s paranoia – and the book’s charm:
This book is even more directly a metaphor for the writing of a novel than most of Aira's novels. But, what can I say? I love novels that are metaphors for the act of writing novels! A few common themes reappear in this book (repetition, miniatures) but the big thrust is that writing a novel is the act of dividing out everything from the universe into a new universe wh ...more
If you've never read him before, I would say start with "An episode in the life of a la ...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