New novellas from Aira are always a cause for celebration.

—Brian Evenson

Two completely different novellas by the inimitable César Aira

The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof

Fiction by César Aira

Translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor

The Little Buddhist Monk is a story of Asian invention gone wild, as a diminutive Korean Buddhist monk acts as a tour guide to an increasingly distraught French couple on a working vacation in the Far East.

The Proof brings us quickly back to the West, where two punks, plus a new recruit (“Wannafuck?”is the opening line as the two punk lesbians accost the chubby and shy Marcia on a quiet street in Buenos Aires), take control of a local supermarket with dire consequences for the hostages. These two fast-paced, edgy works are as different as night and day. Nevertheless—as well as sex, identity, and modern-day economics figuring deeply in both—deep currents connect the two novellas: our little Buddhist monk remarks, “I told you it was easy. When something is easy, it is completely easy. But no one believes it. Not even the proof convinces them.”

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Paperback (published May 30, 2017)

ISBN
9780811221122
Price US
14.95
Price CN
21.95
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
224

Ebook (published May 30, 2017)

ISBN
9780811221139

César Aira

Argentine author

New novellas from Aira are always a cause for celebration.

—Brian Evenson

With many prolific writers it’s a case of diminishing returns. César Aira, who’s published over eighty books with more to come, is an exception, his open-ended, genre trespassing novellas attesting to his peculiar virtuosity.

—John Madera, Big Other

South America’s answer to Haruki Murakami.

—Andrew Irvin, The Miami Harold

Uncanny imagination à la Calvino.

—Laura Pearson, The Chicago Tribune

Irreverent inventiveness … without analogue in contemporary literature.

—Megan Doll, The San Francisco Chronicle

César Aira is wild. The laws of gravity do not apply.

—James S. A. Correy, The Denver Post