César Aira is one of the national treasures of Argentina, and has written to date somewhere around 90 novels. Yes, 90. That wasn’t a typo. I’ve watched the number climb from seventy. Ten of them are in English translation. AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF A LANDSCAPE PAINTER was the first of New Directions string of matching little volumes, and you will never forget it. It’s all of 88 pages long. That wasn’t a typo, either. They’re like popcorn. They’re long, weird stories that take such startling, unexpected turns that you can’t forget them. Are they just doodles? Or are they genius? Read more than one. I’ve read four, and I’m going for more. There’s the provocative, exasperating HOW I BECAME A NUN, for example – in which no one becomes a nun. Or THE SEAMSTRESS AND THE WIND, in which a child playing in the back of a neighbor’s truck is inadvertently kidnapped – or is he?
AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF A LANDSCAPE PAINTER
By César Aira
Regular price $12.95
20% off at University Book Store
Our price $10.36
It’s a pretty little book, isn’t it? Go ahead, peek inside. It’s short. It’s pocket-sized. It can’t take very long to read. It doesn’t cost much. Buy one, stick it in your pocket, and some day when your bus is late you can pull it out. How can it hurt?
Dare you to try and forget it. Dare you to be the same after reading it. Dare you to not pick up another little novel by César Aira and try that one, too. And then another. And another.
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Monday, July 27, 6 pm