Dinner

César Aira (Author) Katherine Silver (Translator)
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Description

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 living--all somehow, disturbingly reminiscent of the dinner party.

Product Details

Price
$13.95  $12.83
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
October 06, 2015
Pages
96
Dimensions
4.8 X 0.3 X 6.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811221085
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About the Author

Katherine Silver is an award-winning literary translator and the codirector of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC). Her translations include works by Cesar Aira, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Jose Emilio Pacheco, Elena Poniatowska, Jorge Franco, and Martin Adan, among others.

Reviews

Aira will put knots in your brain.--Ben Ratliff
Aira's works are like slim cabinets of wonder, full of unlikely juxtapositions. His unpredicatbility is masterful.--Rivka Galchen
Aira's output has been a steady tickle of irrefutable genius and deepening strangeness.
Dinner is far more intelligent than your average zombie tale...Aira adds extra depth to what lies just beneath the surface.--Jessica Loudis