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Aira, César 1949-

Works: 484 works in 1,980 publications in 11 languages and 19,851 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Ghost stories  Biographies  Historical fiction  Science fiction  Humorous fiction  Satire  Dictionaries  Horror fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Collector, Author of introduction, Performer, Interviewee, htt
Classifications: PQ7798.1.I7, 863.64
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by César Aira
Ema, the captive by César Aira( Book )

53 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nineteenth-century Argentina, Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins, is captured by soldiers and taken, along with with her newborn babe, to live as a concubine in a crude fort on the very edges of civilization. The trip is appalling (deprivations and rapes prevail along the way), yet the real story commences once Ema arrives at the fort, where she takes on a succession of lovers among the soldiers and Indians, leading to a brave and grand entrepreneurial experiment. As is usual with Aira's work, the wonder of the book is in the details of customs, beauty, and language, and the curious, perplexing reality of human nature
Ghosts by César Aira( Book )

36 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ghosts revolves around an immigrant worker's family squatting on the haunted construction site of a luxury condominium building. All of the workmen and their wives and children see the ghosts, who literally hang around the place, but one teenage girl becomes the most curious. Her questions about the ghosts get so intense that her mother - in a chilling split-second - realizes her daughter's life hangs in the balance."
Varamo by César Aira( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Varamo concerns a day in the life of a hapless government employee. After being paid by the ministry in counterfeit money, our unfortunate bureaucrat, Varamo, wanders around all night, then sits down and writes the most celebrated masterwork of modern Central American poetry, The Song of the Virgin Boy. What is odd is that Varamo, at fifty years old, 'hadn't previously written one sole verse, nor had it ever occurred to him to write one.'"--P. [4] of cover
The hare by César Aira( Book )

40 editions published between 1991 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clarke, a nineteenth-century English naturalist, roams the pampas in search of that most elusive and rare animal: the Legibrerian hare, whose defining quality seems to be its ability to fly. The local Indians, pointing skyward, report recent sightings of the hare but then ask Clarke to help them search for their missing chief as well. On further investigation Clarke finds more than meets the eye:in the Mapuche and Voroga languages every word has at least two meanings.Witty, very ironic, and with all the usual Airian digressive magic, The Hare offers subtle reflections on love, Victorian-era colonialism, and the many ambiguities of language
Shantytown by César Aira( Book )

26 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in Spanish and English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle-class, directionless ox of a young man who helps the trash pickers of Buenos Aires's shantytown attracts the attention of a corrupt policeman who would use anyone including innocent kids to break a drug ring he believes is operating in the slum. By the author of An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
Un episodio en la vida del pintor viajero by César Aira( Book )

40 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman historique. Roman de voyage
Dinner by César Aira( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One Saturday night a bankrupt bachelor in his sixties and his mother dine with a wealthy friend. They discuss their endlessly connected neighbors. They talk about a mysterious pit that opened up one day, and the old bricklayer who sometimes walked to the cemetery to cheer himself up. Anxious to show off his valuable antiques, the host shows his guests old windup toys and takes them to admire an enormous doll. Back at home, the bachelor decides to watch some late night TV before retiring. The news quickly takes a turn for the worse as, horrified, the newscaster finds herself reporting about the dead rising from their graves, leaving the cemetery, and sucking the blood of the livingall somehow, disturbingly reminiscent of the dinner party
How I became a nun by César Aira( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative of childhood experience bristles with dramatic humor at each stage of growing up: a first ice cream, school, reading, games, friendship. The novel begins in Aira's hometown, Coronel Pringles. As self-awareness grows, the story rushes forward in a torrent of anecdotes which transform a world of uneventful happiness into something else: the anecdote becomes adventure, and adventure, fable, and then legend
The linden tree by César Aira( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in Spanish and English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Linden Tree, the narrator, who could be Aira himself (born the same year, in the same place, a writer who is now also living in Buenos Aires) writes down his childhood memories"--
An episode in the life of a landscape painter by César Aira( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter is the story of a moment in the life of the German artist Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858). Greatly admired as a master landscape painter, he was advised by Alexander von Humboldt to record the spectacular landscapes of Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. Rugendas did in fact become one of the best of the nineteenth-century European painters to venture into Latin America. However this is not a biography of Rugendas. This work of fiction weaves an almost surreal history around Rugendas' trips to Argentina where he strived to achieve in art the "physiognomic totality" of Humboldt's scientific vision of the whole
Conversations by César Aira( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Daily conversations in outdoor cafés with cultured friends can help make reality a little more real. Unfortunately, however, during one such conversation, one man spots a gold Rolex watch on a TV soap opera's goatherd. This seemingly small absurdity sets off alarms: strange sensations of deception, distress, and incipient madness. The two men's uneasiness soon becomes a nightmare as the TV adventure advances with a real-life plot--involving a mutant strain of killer algae--to take over the world!"
Las noches de Flores by César Aira( Book )

32 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the streets of the Flores neighborhood in Buenos Aires, a series of characters in extreme situations tries to survive the collapse of a country and its terrible consequences. The Argentinean crisis obliges an older couple to take on a job delivering pizzas at night. Aldo and Rosita Peyró travel the streets of Flores, a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, like two teenagers, ready to face the economic disaster. In their nighttime journeys, they see up close the direct consequences of the crisis: crime, families sleeping in the street, gangs doing damage, abandoned elderly people and children, drunks, etc. Among these people and various extreme situations is the kidnapping and subsequent killing of a boy, Jonathan, a reflection of the underground horror shaking all of Argentinean society. Jonathan's case triggers a series of corrupt actions in which many of Aldo and Rosita's pizza delivery colleagues are involved. There are also institutions involved in the mix, but perhaps, though it might seem absurd, a convent could be the key to the mystery
The literary conference by César Aira( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cesar is a translator who's fallen on very hard times due to the global economic downturn; he is also an author, and a mad scientist hell-bent on world domination. On a visit to the beach he intuitively solves an ancient riddle, finds a pirate's treasure, and becomes a very wealthy man. Even so, Cesar's bid for world domination comes first and so he attends a literary conference to be near the man whose clone he hopes will lead an army to victory: the world-renowned Mexican author, Carlos Fuentes. A comic science fiction fantasy
Diccionario de autores latinoamericanos by César Aira( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El diccionario expone las riquezas de cinco siglos de literaturas americanas, narradores, poetas, dramaturgos, alternan con historiadores, científicos, periodistas, cronistas antiguos y modernos, utopistas y aficionados
The miracle cures of Dr. Aira by César Aira( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short fiction about a doctor who has a gift for making miracles and who is not deterred by his archenemy, Dr. Actyn, who is constantly trying to prove he is a charlatan
Canto castrato by César Aira( Book )

27 editions published between 1984 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Canto castrato nos conduce, en medio de un encendido clima de romanticismo, tras los pasos de un divo de la ópera dieciochesca, el Micchino. En 1738 las naciones de Europa se alzan en su escalada de absolutismo y frivolidad. La muerte de Luis XIV ha abierto un vacío que poco a poco llenarán las criaturas ambiguas del rococó. Ha llegado el momento de máximo esplendor de emperatrices y reyes galantes: Catalina, María Teresa, Federico el Grande, Luis en Bienamado... Y sobre los más altos poderes se cierne un canto sublime e inquietante: el de los castrati. Desde Nápoles hasta San Petersburgo pasando por Viena, Canto castrato es un viaje artístico en el que asistimos al triunfo de la ópera italiana en las cortes nórdicas. Pero también es un recorrido por el clima político de la época, pues alrededor de la música se teje una maraña de intereses... Y, sobre todo, es una travesía amorosa: el Micchino repite los pasos de Orfeo para rescatar a la pequeña Amanda del infierno de un matrimonio desdichado. Que lo logre al fin no es el menor de los milagros de esta novela seductora y apasionada."--Publisher description
El santo by César Aira( Book )

14 editions published in 2015 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Durante la Edad Media, en una población de la costa catalana, vive un anciano monje que ha consagrado los últimos cuarenta años de su vida al ejercicio escrupuloso de su vocación, percibiendo el mundo siempre desde la oración y la distancia.Tras obrar unos cuantos milagros, nuestro monje se gana el reconocimiento y la devoción de todos los feligreses del mundo cristiano. Pero al intuir que se acercaba el final de su vida, decide retirarse y terminar sus días en su Italia natal. El abad y las autoridades, ante el miedo a perder la principal fuente de ingresos de la región, encargan su asesinato para de este modo conservar la sagrada reliquia del cuerpo del monje. El azar o la Providencia conceden al viejo anacoreta la oportunidad de escapar de este funesto destino, y se embarca hacia parajes exóticos en una odisea de peligros y aventuras. Así da comienzo el zigzagueante viaje iniciático de nuestro héroe hacia el corazón de África
Alejandra Pizarnik by César Aira( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in Spanish and French and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Este libro reúne las transcripciones corregidas y resumidas de cuatro charlas sobre Alejandra Pizarnik, pronunciadas en el Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas durante el mes de mayo de 1996. La intención fue reconstruir el proceso creativo de una poesía y una vida que la leyenda y la inconsistencia crítica han ido oscureciendo. Una pusta en limpio, o al menos un programa de puesta en limpio, de lo que podemos saber y comprender hoy de una poeta en la que culminó una tradición y con la que se cerró, herméticamente y para siempre, un mundo"--Cover, p. 4
El congreso de literatura by César Aira( Book )

36 editions published between 1997 and 2019 in Spanish and Arabic and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"César es un escritor que se gana la vida haciendo traducciones y que lleva una vida secreta de científico loco. Poco después de ganar una fortuna resolviendo el enigma centenario que encerraba el extraño monumento conocido como el Hilo de Macuto, es invitado a un congreso de literatura en la pequeña ciudad de Mérida. Camuflado bajo el aspecto de un inofensivo escritor, en realidad se propone llevar a cabo un plan maestro: clonar a Carlos Fuentes y crear un ejército de intelectuales poderosos para así dominar el mundo. Algo no le sale exactamente como esperaba"--Page 4 of cover
The seamstress and the wind by César Aira( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seamstress who is sewing a wedding dress for the pregnant local art teacher fears that her son, while playing in a big semitruck, has been accidentally kidnapped and driven off to Patagonia. Completely unhinged, she calls a local taxi to follow the semi in hot pursuit. When her husband finds out what's happened, he takes off after wife and child. They race not only to the end of the world, but to adventures in desire where the wild Southern wind falls in love with the seamstress, and a monster child takes up with the truck driver
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Audience level: 0.54 (from 0.11 for The polyph ... to 0.92 for César Air ...)

GhostsVaramoThe hareShantytownUn episodio en la vida del pintor viajeroHow I became a nunThe linden treeAn episode in the life of a landscape painter
Alternative Names
Aira, C. 1949-

Aira César

Aira, César T.

Aira, César T. 1949-

Aira, César Tomás

Aira, César Tomás 1949-

César Aira Argentine writer and translator, and an exponent of Argentine contemporary literature

César Aira argentinischer Schriftsteller

César Aira argentinsk författare, översättare och en huvudfigur inom den samtida argentinska litteraturen

César Aira argentinský spisovatel

César Aira écrivain argentin

César Aira escritor e tradutor argentino

César Aira novelë

César Aira scrittore e tradttore argentino

César Aira vertaler uit Argentinië

César Aira writer and translator

Айра, Сесар

Айра, Сесар аргентинский писатель и переводчик

Сесар Айра

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איירה, ססר, 1949-

אירה, ססר 1949-

ססר איירה סופר ארגנטינאי

سزار آیرا مترجم و نویسنده آرژانتینی

سيزار ايرا

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