César is a translator who’s fallen on very hard times due to the global economic downturn; he is also an author, and a mad scientist hell-bent on world domination. On a visit to the beach he intuitively solves an ancient riddle, finds a pirate’s treasure, and becomes a very wealthy man. Even so, César’s bid for world domination comes first and so he attends a literary conference to be near the man whose clone he hopes will lead an army to victory: the world-renowned Mexican author, Carlos Fuentes. A comic science fiction fantasy of the first order, The Literary Conference is the perfect vehicle for César Aira’s takeover of literature in the 21st century.published May 1st, 2010
Aira is one of the most provocative and idiosyncratic novelists working in Spanish today and should not be missed.—Natasha Wimmer, The New York Times
New in our Pearls series: an extremely rich mad scientist attempts to clone a leading genius in a bid to take over the world.