The novel moves erratically, never quite landing where you think, and as mysterious subplot after subplot is introduced, one may be forgiven for suspecting that Aira is playing a joke at the expense of the reader, but in his masterful hands, ambiguity eventually builds to order, mystery to revelation, and every digression turns out to have a purpose.

Publishers Weekly

When a Mapuche chief suddenly goes missing, a British naturalist is asked to find him in the vast Argentine pampas

The Hare

Fiction by César Aira

Translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor

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Paperback (published July 25, 2013)

ISBN
9780811220903
Price US
14.95
Price CN
16
Page Count
224

Ebook (published July 25, 2013)

ISBN
9780811221207
Price US
14.95

César Aira

Argentine author

The novel moves erratically, never quite landing where you think, and as mysterious subplot after subplot is introduced, one may be forgiven for suspecting that Aira is playing a joke at the expense of the reader, but in his masterful hands, ambiguity eventually builds to order, mystery to revelation, and every digression turns out to have a purpose.

Publishers Weekly

Aira’s refusal to make any occurrence definitive gives the world depicted in the novel an element of the absurd. The result can be as frustrating as it is liberating. Whether or not Clarke ultimately catches sight of the hare is beside the point. Even if he found it, we’d soon discover that, maybe, after all, he didn’t. Or that it wasn’t a hare at all.

The Daily Beast

You’ll find there are few adventures more outrageous, and more unsettling, than this cowboy chase through the pampas in search of the white rabbit.

—Marcela Valdes, NPR