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Aira, César 1949-

Overview
Works: 337 works in 1,545 publications in 7 languages and 15,967 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Ghost stories  Historical fiction  Satire  Science fiction  Humorous fiction  Biography‡vDictionaries  Satirical literature  Novellas 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Collector, Interviewee, Author of introduction
Classifications: PQ7798.1.I7, 863.64
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Most widely held works by César Aira
Ghosts by César Aira( Book )

32 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 595 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."
Ema, the captive by César Aira( Book )

48 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nineteenth-century Argentina, Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins, is captured by soldiers and taken, along 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
The hare by César Aira( Book )

31 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 441 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
How I became a nun by César Aira( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 315 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
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 290 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
Conversations by César Aira( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 283 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!"--Amazon.com
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
Las noches de Flores by César Aira( Book )

30 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 232 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
Diccionario de autores latinoamericanos by César Aira( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 222 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
Canto castrato by César Aira( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in Spanish and French and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El santo by César Aira( Book )

13 editions published in 2015 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 180 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
Varamo by César Aira( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Spanish and Romanian and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The little Buddhist monk ; &, The proof by César Aira( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Little Buddhist Monk is a story of Asian invention gone wild, as a diminutive Korean Buddhist monk acts as a tour guide to an increasingly distraught French couple on a working vacation in the Far East. Proof brings us quickly back to the West, where two punks, plus a new recruit ("Wannafuck?" is the opening line as the two punk lesbians accost the chubby and shy Marcia on a quiet street in Buenos Aires), take control of a local supermarket with dire consequences for the hostages. These two Aira works are as different as night and day. Nevertheless, sex, identity, and modern day economics figure deeply in both of these fast-paced, edgy fictions
El mago by César Aira( Book )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in Spanish and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tryllekunstneren Chans har i virkeligheden magiske evner, men først som midaldrende viser han dem frem ved en magiker-kongres i Panama, og det forandrer hans liv totalt
Cómo me hice monja by César Aira( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in Spanish and Arabic and held by 11 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
Cómo me hice monja ; La costurera y el viento by César Aira( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in Spanish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lime Tree by César Aira( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeing double rows of elegant lime trees around the main square of his hometown of Colonel Pringles, our narrator - who could well be the author himself, although nothing is guaranteed in a book by Cesar Aira - suddenly recalls the Sunday mornings of his childhood, when his father would take him to gather the lime-flower blossoms from which he made tea
The musical brain : and other stories by César Aira( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twenty short stories features tales about oddballs, freaks, and crazy people
 
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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 vertaler uit Argentinië

César Aira writer and translator

Айра, Сесар

Сесар Айра

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אירה, ססר 1949-

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アイラ, セサル

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Ema, the captiveThe hareHow I became a nunAn episode in the life of a landscape painterThe literary conferenceLas noches de FloresCanto castratoVaramo