The Divorce is a masterful demonstration of focused imagination. Aira chronicles overlapping coincidences, layering memory with temporality and injecting magic into the mundane to create a kaleidoscopic tale of serendipitous meetings that rumbles like an avalanche down a mountain, gathering speed and power as the novel progresses. With lightness and verve, Aira twirls the macro with the micro to create a singular novel whose story turns and turns again until it comes full circle, like “that ‘little steel fairy,’” the bicycle, from whose spinning stories are born.
—Alex Crayon, World Literature Today

With an enthusiastic foreword by Patti Smith, The Divorce is a delightful book of chance meetings, bizarre circumstances, and alternate realities

The Divorce

Fiction by César Aira

Translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews

With a contribution by Patti Smith

The Divorce tells about a recently divorced man on vacation in Buenos Aires. One afternoon he encounters a series of the most magical coincidences. While sitting at an outdoor café, absorbed in conversation with a talented video artist, he sees a young man riding by on a bicycle get thoroughly drenched by a downpour of water—seemingly from rain caught the night before in the overhead awning. The video artist knows the cyclist, who knew a mad hermetic sculptor whose family used to take the Hindu God Krishna for walks in the neighborhood. As the coincidences continue to add up, the stories concerning each new connection weave reality with the absurd until they reach a final, brilliant, cataclysmic ending.

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Paperback (published June 1, 2021)

ISBN
9780811230933
Price US
11.95
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
96

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ISBN
9780811230940

César Aira

Argentine author

The Divorce is a masterful demonstration of focused imagination. Aira chronicles overlapping coincidences, layering memory with temporality and injecting magic into the mundane to create a kaleidoscopic tale of serendipitous meetings that rumbles like an avalanche down a mountain, gathering speed and power as the novel progresses. With lightness and verve, Aira twirls the macro with the micro to create a singular novel whose story turns and turns again until it comes full circle, like “that ‘little steel fairy,’” the bicycle, from whose spinning stories are born.
—Alex Crayon, World Literature Today
We come full circle, to the ‘delicate machine’ that put everything in motion. In someone else’s hands, this might feel like a trick, but in Aira’s it is magical.
—Sheila Glaser, New York Times Book Review
[A] fleeting glance at the deeply strange multitudes living in Aira’s mind palace…marked by not only his characteristically expressive language, but also his willingness to go just about anywhere with a narrative.
Kirkus
This prismatic, exquisitely rendered work is from a master at the height of his powers.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Sui generis is really the only way to accurately describe César Aira. He’s by turns a realist, a magical realist and a surrealist — and therefore not really any of them. Anything can happen in an Aira novel, and almost everything does.
—Tyler Malone, Los Angeles Times