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Aira, César 1949-

Works: 294 works in 1,370 publications in 7 languages and 14,447 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Ghost stories  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Science fiction  Satire  Folklore  Biography‡vDictionaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Collector, Author of introduction, Interviewee
Classifications: PQ7798.1.I7, 863.64
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by César Aira
Ghosts by César Aira( Book )

32 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 605 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 )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 539 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
How I became a nun by César Aira( Book )

30 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in Spanish and English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"My story, the story of 'how I became a nun, ' began very early in my life; I had just turned six. The beginning is marked by a vivid memory, which I can reconstruct down to the last detail. Before, there is nothing, and after, everything is an extension of the same vivid memory, continuous and unbroken, including the intervals of sleep, up to the point where I took the veil ..." So starts Cesar Aira's astounding "autobiographical" novel. Intense and perfect, this invented 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. Between memory and oblivion, reality and fiction, Cesar Aira's How I Became a Nun retains childhood's main treasures: the reality of fable and the delirium of invention. A few days after his fiftieth birthday, Cesar Aira (b. 1949, Argentina) noticed the thin rim of the moon, visible despite the rising sun. When his wife explained the phenomenon to him he was shocked that for fifty years he had known nothing about "something so obvious, so visible." This epiphany led him to write How I Became a Nun. With a subtle and melancholic sense of humor he reflects on his failures, on the meaning of life and the importance of literature."--Publisher's website
Hare by Simon Carnell( Book )

31 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 434 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 ofthe 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
The literary conference by César Aira( Book )

36 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in Spanish and English and held by 427 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
Shantytown by César Aira( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in Spanish and English and held by 379 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
Conversations by César Aira( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 323 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!"
Un episodio en la vida del pintor viajero by César Aira( Book )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 295 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
An episode in the life of a landscape painter by César Aira( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief and dramatic visit to the pampas gives him the chance to fulfill his ambition but a strange episode that he cannot avoid absorbing savagely into his own body interrupts the trip and irreversibly marks him for life."--Jacket
Ema, la cautiva by César Aira( Book )

40 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ema, la cautiva es quizá la más reconocida novela de César Aira y la primera de toda su obra que se publicó en España."
Diccionario de autores latinoamericanos by César Aira( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in Spanish and held by 223 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 )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 220 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
Alejandra Pizarnik by César Aira( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in Spanish and French and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Las noches de Flores by César Aira( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canto castrato by César Aira( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in Spanish and French and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The seamstress and the wind by César Aira( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 160 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
El Sueño by César Aira( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in Spanish and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La guerra de los gimnasios by César Aira( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in Spanish and French and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse: Roman psychologique (formation). Roman philosophique
La mendiga by César Aira( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in Spanish and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Esta es la historia de Rosa (¿o Iris?), de cómo creció en el barrio porteño de Flores, de las circunstancias que la llevaron a vivir en un pueblo de la provincia de Buenos Aires llamado Brelín, y de las peripecias de su regreso. Y es también la historia de Cecilia, una actriz meticulosa y aplicada convertida en médica de Rosa por obra y gracia de un guión de televisión."--
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Alternative Names
Aira, César

Aira, César T.

Aira, César T. 1949-

Aira, César Tomás 1949-

César Aira argentinischer Schriftsteller

César Aira vertaler uit Argentinië

César Aira writer and translator

Айра, Сесар

אירה, ססר 1949-

سزار آیرا مترجم و نویسنده آرژانتینی

アイラ, セサル


VaramoHow I became a nunHareThe literary conferenceShantytownUn episodio en la vida del pintor viajeroAn episode in the life of a landscape painterEma, la cautiva