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Ghosts by César Aira
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Feb 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: magic-realism, latin-american, btba, argentina

There is something poetic about this book which vividly describes a summer day in Argentinian December and an unfinished building. The thoughts of a teenage girl are surprisingly lucid, and her conversations with her mother surprisingly perceptive. There seems to be a conflict between these thoughts and their social background, but if you ignore these logical leaps (after all the author is allowed poetic license), it is a beautiful book.
The ghosts, allegorical, form a strange thread for a coming-of-age novel. But they capture the nature of phantasmal ideas which dominate the minds of a teenager.

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