The Seamstress and the Wind

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.07 X 0.71 X 7.02 inches | 0.28 pounds
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About the Author

Nominated for a Neustadt award and the Man Booker International Prize, César Aira was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina, in 1949. He has published at least one hundred books and recently created a limited edition, "Valise," for the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.
Rosalie Knecht is the author of Who Is Vera Kelly? and Relief Map. She is the translator of César Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind (New Directions) and a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow. She is the Winner of the 2021 Edgar Award - G.P. Putnam's Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award and resides in New York City.


His brutal humor and off-kilter sense of beauty make his stories slip down like spiked cream puffs.--Natasha Wimmer
Aira is firmly in the tradition of Jorge Luis Borges and W. G. Sebald, those great late modernists for whom fiction was a theater of ideas.--Mark Doty
A first reaction to this virtuosic confection is to delight in its cascade of images and the sheer craziness of a roller-coaster sequence of events that all seem so plausible. César Aira, an Argentine writer of fiction and literary criticism, is the obvious heir to Jorge Luis Borges. Along with a daring sense of fun, Aira has a playful imagination and the ability to spin a yarn as intricate as a spider's web.--Eileen Battersby
Aira's voice is clear, his characters are palpable, and his ideas --elucidations on literary theory, existential ruminations, and thought experiments -- are evocative and infectious.--Cristóbal McKinney
Once you start reading Aira, you don't want to stop.--Roberto Bolaño