The latest addition to my website is César Aira’s El congreso de literatura (The Literary Conference). This is another totally original story from. César Aira. general Author: César Aira. Genre: Novel Spanish title: El congreso de literatura; Translated by Katherine Silver. – Return to top. El Congreso De Literatura/ the Literature Congress by Cesar Aira, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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El Congreso De Literatura/ the Literature Congress : Cesar Aira :

Yet the novella is full of the fantastical, inserting the very unusual that Fuentes-cloning experiment goes really, really wrong, for one thing in the very everyday.

No idea if this is true. Aira leads down one path, only to radically upset his premises and change route or, arguably, to take things to their logical conclusion — though it’s not a readily recognizable and familiar logic This is another totally original story from Aira, using Hollywood B movie tropes mad scientist, unworldly creatures, advanced technology. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Der Literaturkongress – Deutschland. The new-found wealth and attendant fame bring advantages with them, but it’s just another incidental part of this much-“translated” story; so too is the performance of one of his plays at the local airport. The Literary Conference – India. The Literary Conference is one of those books that truly is unlike anything most readers are likely to have encountered even if they’ve read a few other works by Aira.


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El Congreso De Literatura/ the Literature Congress

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The Literary Conference – US. I can understand why Cesar wanted to clone Carlos Fuentes as part of his plan to rule the world. Fortunately, it is readily available in English, thanks to New Directions.

César Aira: El congreso de literatura (The Literary Conference) – The Modern Novel

The Literary Conference constantly keeps the reader guessing: The narrator’s ambitions are very great indeed — nothing less than extending his: The Literary Conference – Canada. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. My Cexar Work is secret, clandestine, and encompasses my life in its entirety, even in its most insignificant folds and those that seem the most banal. The strangeness that made everything sparkle came from me.

He describes cezar as a ‘Mad Scientist’ of sorts, too; and he is a creator-author, with a lot in his mind. And, of course, le means to that end is Worlds rose out of my bottomless perplexity. The Literary Conference is a mere eighty-five pages long, but Aira packs a lot into that.

What’s particularly striking about The Literary Conference is the relatively matter-of-fact tone and straightforward narration. His English was stunning, beautiful and very much like the translations from congresk Spanish I had read, even in his extemporaneous answers to questions from the audience.

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The moment has come, I believe, to do another “translation” of the story I am telling in order to make clear my real intentions. Until now I have concealed my purpose under the accommodating guise of literature. Orthofer10 February In this written version it is, of course, still in: I can say that he writes beautiful Spanish as, indeed, does Aira. El congreso de literatura – US.


The narrator is a translator and, on the side, a scientific experimentalistand the novella offers a series of “translations” — a concept he also puts in quotation marks when he refers to it regarding his account.

This website uses cookies to improve literatra experience. Your email address will not be published. Any of a number of the plotlines — say, his ambition to clone writer Carlos Fuentes which he comes literathra to managing, but which does not work out quite as planned — would be enough to sustain the story, but Congrwso stacks up and connects quite a few very disparate layers.

Next Post Next Lawrence Durrell: Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are literatuga those the complete review subjectively believes represent sira tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. He doesn’t mean conventional translations, from one language to another, of the sort he earns his living with, but rather much more fundamental shifts in narrative and action more akin to Kuhnian paradigm shifts. Because the prose in the English translations of these novels is wonderfully poetic yet lucid, I was particularly interested in hearing how Fuentes spoke English.