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César Aira (born on February 23, 1949 in Coronel Pringles, Buenos Aires Province) is an Argentine writer and translator, considered by many as one of the leading exponents of Argentine contemporary literature, in spite of his limited public recognition.

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 writing and publication —two to four novella-length books each year.

Aira has often spoken in interviews of elaborating an avant-garde aesthetic in which, rather than editing what he has written, he engages in a “flight forward” (fuga hacia adelante) to improvise a way out of the corners he writes himself into. Aira also seeks in his own work, and praises in the work of others (such as the Argentine-Parisian cartoonist and comic novelist Copi), the “continuum” (el continuo) of a constant movement forward in the fictional narrative. As a result his fictions can jump radically from one genre to another, and often deploy narrative strategies from popular culture and “subliterary” genres like pulp science fiction and television soap operas; on the other hand, he frequently deliberately refuses to conform to generic expectations for how a novel ought to end, leaving many of his fictions quite open-ended.

While his subject matter ranges from Surrealist or Dadaist quasi-nonsense to fantastic tales set in his Buenos Aires neighborhood in Flores, Aira also returns frequently to Argentina’s nineteenth century (the two books translated into English, The Hare and An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, are examples of this; so is the best-known novel of his early years, "Ema la cautiva" (Emma, the Captive)). He also returns regularly to play with stereotypes of an exotic East ("Una novela china", A Chinese Novel); "El volante" (The Flyer), and "El pequeño monje budista" (The Little Buddhist Monk)). Aira also enjoys mocking himself and his childhood home town Coronel Pringles in fictions such as "Cómo me hice monja" (How I Became a Nun), "Cómo me reí" (How I Laughed), “El cerebro musical” (The Musical Brain) and "Las curas milagrosas del doctor Aira" (The Miraculous Cures of Dr. Aira). His novella La prueba (1992) served as the basis --or point of departure; only the first half-hour follows the novella-- of Diego Lerman's film Tan de repente (Suddenly) (2002). His novel "Cómo me hice monja" (How I Became a Nun) was selected as one of the best 10 publications in Spain in the year 1998.

Besides his fiction, and the translation work he does for a living, Aira also writes literary criticism, including monographic studies of Copi, the poet Alejandra Pizarnik, and the nineteenth-century British limerick and nonsense writer Edward Lear. He wrote a short book, Las tres fechas [The Three Dates], arguing for the central importance, when approaching some minor eccentric writers, of examining the moment of their lives about which they are writing , the date of completion of the work, and the date of publication of the work. Aira also was the literary executor of the complete works of his friend the scabrous poet-novelist Osvaldo Lamborghini (1940—1985).

The American publisher, New Directions, has put out four of his works in English translation (An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, How I Became A Nun, Ghosts, The Literary Conference). New Directions plans to publish more works of Aira's in the near future.

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Total Books: 73
El mrmol
2022 - El Mrmol [Marble - Chinese Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9787208176201
ISBN-10: 7208176205

The Lime Tree
2017 - The Lime Tree (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781911508120
ISBN-10: 1911508121
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

The Proof
2017 - The Proof (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781908276964
ISBN-10: 1908276967
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El error / The Error
2010 - El Error / the Error [Literatura Mondadori / Mondadori Literature - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788439723219
ISBN-10: 8439723210
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Parmenides Una satira sobre la creacion
2008 - Parmenides Una Satira Sobre La Creacion [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788483466339
ISBN-10: 8483466333
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Las aventuras de barbaverde
2008 - Las Aventuras De Barbaverde [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788439721055
ISBN-10: 8439721056
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El mago/ The Magician
2007 - El Mago/ the Magician [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788439709176
ISBN-10: 843970917X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

How I Became a Nun
2007 - How I Became a Nun (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780811216319
ISBN-10: 0811216314
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Las noches de flores
2007 - Las Noches De Flores [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788483462553
ISBN-10: 8483462559
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Canto castrato
2007 - Canto Castrato [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788483462560
ISBN-10: 8483462567
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Las curas milagrosas del doctor Aira
2007 - Las Curas Milagrosas Del Doctor Aira [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788439701545
ISBN-10: 8439701543
Genre: Literature & Fiction

La guerra de los gimnasios/ The War of the gyms
2006 - La Guerra De Los Gimnasios/ the War of the Gyms [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789500427586
ISBN-10: 9500427583
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2006 - Parmenides [Literatura Mondadori/ Mondadori Literature - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788439720225
ISBN-10: 843972022X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
2006 - An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter [New Directions Paperbook] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780811216302
ISBN-10: 0811216306
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

2006 - Cumpleanos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788497939706
ISBN-10: 8497939700
Genre: Literature & Fiction

La cena
2006 - La Cena [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789508451958
ISBN-10: 9508451955
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Los dos payasos
2006 - Los Dos Payasos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789684115194
ISBN-10: 9684115199
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Un episodio en la vida del pintor viajero
2006 - Un Episodio En La VIda Del Pintor VIajero [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789684115200
ISBN-10: 9684115202
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Como me hice monja
2006 - Como Me Hice Monja (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789684115224
ISBN-10: 9684115229
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction

La prueba
2006 - La Prueba [Biblioteca Era - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789684115378
ISBN-10: 9684115377
Genre: Literature & Fiction

La Princesa Primavera
2006 - La Princesa Primavera (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789684115538
ISBN-10: 9684115539
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

2005 - Al Este Del Eden/east of Eden [Granta en Espanol] (Paperback)
2005 - Como Me Rei [Ficciones / Fictions] (Paperback)
2004 - Las Noches De Flores/ the Nights of Flowers [Literatura Mondadori - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - Una Novela China [Contemporanea / Contemporary - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - El Bautismo [Contemporanea/ Contemporary - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2004 - Cumpleanos/ Birthdays [Literatura Mondadori/ Mondadori Literature - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2003 - Canto Castrato / Castration Singing [Literatura / Literature] (Paperback)
2003 - El Tilo (Paperback)
2002 - Varamo [Narrativas Hispanicas] (Paperback)
1999 - La Mendiga [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Embalse [Escritores argentinos - Spanish Edition] (Other)
Los Misterios De Rosario [Escritores argentinos - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
La Abeja [Escritores argentinos - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Sueno [Escritores Argentinos - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Diccionario De Autores Latinoamericanos [Coastal Management Sourcebooks] (Paperback)
Novelas Y Cuentos I [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
La Costurera Y El VIento [Ficciones - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
La Fuente [Ficciones - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Mensajero [Ficciones - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
La Serpiente [Ficciones - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Alejandra Pizarnik [El Escribiente: Ensayo - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Las Conversaciones [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
El Congreso De Literatura [Coleccion Andanzas] (Paperback)
Copi [El Escribiente - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Yo Era Una Chica Moderna [Interzona Latinoamericana] (Paperback)
El Pequeno Monje Budista [Poesia y Ficcion Latinoamericana - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Diario De La Hepatitis [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Mendiga La [Literatura Mondadori] (Paperback)