An excellent place to encounter the indefatigable Aira’s logic-defying brilliance for the first time.

Publishers Weekly

A cerebral and wildly funny story revolving around the incongruity of a gold Rolex watch spotted on a lowly goatherd’s wrist

Conversations

Fiction by César Aira

Translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver

Daily conversations in outdoor cafés with cultured friends can help make reality a little more real. Unfortunately, however, during one such conversation, one man spots a gold Rolex watch on a TV soap opera’s goatherd. This seemingly small absurdity sets off alarms: strange sensations of deception, distress, and incipient madness. The two men’s uneasiness soon becomes a nightmare as the TV adventure advances with a real-life plot — involving a mutant strain of killer algae — to take over the world! Conversations, a reality within a fiction within a parallel reality, is hilariously funny and surprisingly touching.

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Paperback (published June 26, 2014)

ISBN
9780811221108
Price US
13.95
Price CN
15
Page Count
96

Ebook (published June 26, 2014)

ISBN
9780811221115

César Aira

Argentine author

An excellent place to encounter the indefatigable Aira’s logic-defying brilliance for the first time.

Publishers Weekly

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

To love the novels of César Aira you must have a taste for the absurd, a tolerance for the obscurely philosophical, and a willingness to laugh out loud against your better judgment.

—Marcela Valdes, NPR Reviews