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by César Aira
I finished it and then texted a bunch of friends to tell them about it and then immediately re-read it because DAMN it was just that good.
At 9,000 words strong and encompassing 86 titles, this is the only second-half 2013 book preview you will ever need.
At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.
At 8,400 words strong and encompassing 81 titles, this is the only 2012 book preview you will ever need.
The number of novelists with a claim to having published major work this year forms a kind of alphabet: Aira, Amis, Bolaño, Boyd, Carey, Cohen, Cunningam, Donoghue...
The effect of all the detail and incident César Aira can offer on such a small canvas is vertiginous, like reading an epic poem etched on a grain of sand.
How many complications of time and viewpoint novel can a stand and remain viable—and by “viable”, I think I mean both “elegant” and “not completely baffling.”