Varamo

César Aira (Author) Chris Andrews (Translator)
Backorder (temporarily out of stock)

Description


Among other things, this novella is an ironic allegory of the poet's vocation and inspiration, the subtlety of artistic genius, and our need to give literature an historic, national, psychological, and aesthetic context. But Aira goes further still -- converting the ironic allegory into a formidable parody of the expectations that all narrative texts generate -- by laying out the pathos of a man who between one night and the following morning is touched by genius. Once again Aira surprises us with his unclassifiable fiction: original and enjoyable, worthy of many a thoughtful chuckle, Varamo invites the reader to become an accomplice in the author's irresistible game.

Product Details

Price
$12.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
February 22, 2012
Pages
89
Dimensions
4.9 X 0.3 X 6.8 inches | 0.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811217415
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

The poet Chris Andrews teaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where he is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. He has translated books by Roberto Bolaño and César Aira for New Directions. He has won the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize for his poetry and the Valle-Inclan Prize for his translations.

Reviews

An avant-garde literature that combines the impossible with the real, a literature in which every statement of fact suggests its opposite and even casual observations and plot twists are turned upside down.--Michael Greenburg (03/16/2012)
Aira's prose can be slapdash, but the book teems with delightful, off-the-cuff metaphysical speculation.-- (03/12/2012)
Aira's literary significance, like that of many other science fiction writers, comes from how he pushes us to question the porous line between fact and fantasy, to see it not only as malleable in history, but also blurred in the everyday. The engrossing power of his work, though, comes from how he carries out these feats: with the inexhaustible energy and pleasure of a child chasing after imaginary enemies in the park.-- (02/28/2012)
The book is structured around a series of chance encounters, while also giving Aira some asides on broader concepts like the nature of perception, the promises of narrative form, and human thought.-- (05/07/2012)
The novel, in enacting the criticism it mocks, is playful and clever.-- (02/28/2012)
Each element Aira draws our attention to is placed into sharp focus before being discussed in short, entertaining digressions. If anything, the book implies a distrust of the very notion of plot, a comfort with play, and that is why I feel it grasps something of value. Once again Aira has given us a series of memorable, highly interpretable images held together by gossamer strings of meaning.-- (05/12/2012)
Slim, cerebral, witty, fanciful, and idiosyncratic.-- (02/28/2012)
With a light, almost hypnotic style, Aira creates an intriguing balance between realism and comedic absurdity.-- (02/24/2012)
Varamo, like all the Aira books in translation, is charming and infuriating, built of plain prose that blooms without warning into carbuncular visions.--Ben Raliff (03/16/2012)