The book is structured around a series of chance encounters, while also giving Aira some asides on broader concepts like the nature of perception, the promises of narrative form, and human thought.

Publishers Weekly

Varamo

Fiction by César Aira

Translated by Chris Andrews

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Paperback (published February 13, 2012)

ISBN
9780811217415
Price US
12.95
Page Count
96

Ebook (published February 13, 2012)

ISBN
9780811219556
Price US
12.95

The book is structured around a series of chance encounters, while also giving Aira some asides on broader concepts like the nature of perception, the promises of narrative form, and human thought.

Publishers Weekly

Each element Aira draws our attention to is placed into sharp focus before being discussed in short, entertaining digressions.

The National

The brilliance lies in the way it treads this tightrope without ever revealing the central mystery, and without relaxing the tension.

The Nation

In plain but meandering prose, Aira winds his off-kilter narrative into a metafictional loop in which Varamo, who has never written before, accidentally crafts a literary masterpiece.

Critical Mob

Aira’s humorous writing style is absurd yet always ironic, simple in logic yet increasingly mystifying in message.

The Harvard Crimson

…a sprint through multiple bizarre situations, a few philosophical digressions, a charming light-heartedness, and exquisite sentences.

The Rumpus

Varamo, like all the Aira books in translation, is charming and infuriating, built of plain prose that blooms without warning into carbuncular visions;

—Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

The book teems with delightful, off-the-cuff metaphysical speculation.

—Giles harvey, The New Yorker

The eccentricity of plot here is its own pleasure, but the slow, carefully written digressions it enfolds are what make the work such extravagant fun.

The Coffin Factory

Aira is a manifestly gifted writer who may find writing all too easy a job.

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