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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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The Literary Conference, a slim work by the very productive César Aira, is both fantastic and inventive. The Argentinian author has written over 60 books, though, as yet, only five have been translated into English (a sixth, The Seamstress and the Wind, is slated for release early this summer). This novella, defying easy categorization, incorporates elements from a number of different genres.

Aira's main character, a translator and playwright, sets about fulfilling his dream of world domination through the assumed role of the mad scientist. His plans are to be brought to fruition through the cloning of the great Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. The consequences of his plan deviate from their intended course, transforming the story in a wholly unanticipated way. To reveal the outcome, of course, would be poor sportsmanship, but suffice it to say that not a single reader could possibly expect the turns the story takes.

Aira's unique approach to writing literature and upending traditional convention is readily apparent. As more of his catalog becomes available in English, we ought to be treated to an even greater display of his imagination and talent. While The Literary Conference is by no means a masterpiece, it is certainly an original and intriguing work. For whatever strange reason, it kept reminding me of both Bioy Casares's The Invention of Morel and the 1980s arcade game Marble Madness.

"As a result, perfection has to find its own way. We can't find perfection. The miracle is that it happens at all. Life is generous that way, it always is."
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Jorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, comparable to The Turn of the Screw and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Set on a mysterious island, Bioy's novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious.

 

Inspired by Bioy Casares's fascination with the movie star Louise Brooks, The Invention of Morel has gone on to live a secret life of its own. Greatly admired by Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, and Octavio Paz, the novella helped to usher in Latin American fiction's now famous postwar boom. As the model for Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet's Last Year in Marienbad, it also changed the history of film.

 

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Jorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, comparable to The Turn of The Screw and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Set on a mysterious island, Bioy's novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious.

Inspired by Bioy Casares's fascination with the movie star Louise Brooks, The Invention of Morel has gone on to live a secret life of its own. Greatly admired by Julio Cortá zar, Gabriel Garcí a Má rquez, and Octavio Paz, the novella helped to usher in Latin American fiction's now famous postwar boom. As the model for Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet's Last Year in Marienbad, it also changed the history of film.

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Set on a mysterious island, Bioy's novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious.

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This is a really good book. A little slow to get into, but when things turn weird there are a lot of questions to be answered, and the brilliance of the conclusion is amazing. A very good thinker, and a quick read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590170571
Author:
Casares, Adolfo Bioy
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Translator:
Levine, Susan Jill
Translator:
Simms, Ruth L. C.
Introduction:
Borges, Jorge Luis
Author:
Simms, Ruth L. C.
Author:
Various
Author:
Borges, Jorge Luis
Author:
Bioy Casares, Adolfo
Author:
Levine, Suzanne Jill
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Review Books Classics
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
8.00x5.04x.36 in. .32 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

The Literary Conference, a slim work by the very productive César Aira, is both fantastic and inventive. The Argentinian author has written over 60 books, though, as yet, only five have been translated into English (a sixth, The Seamstress and the Wind, is slated for release early this summer). This novella, defying easy categorization, incorporates elements from a number of different genres.

Aira's main character, a translator and playwright, sets about fulfilling his dream of world domination through the assumed role of the mad scientist. His plans are to be brought to fruition through the cloning of the great Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. The consequences of his plan deviate from their intended course, transforming the story in a wholly unanticipated way. To reveal the outcome, of course, would be poor sportsmanship, but suffice it to say that not a single reader could possibly expect the turns the story takes.

Aira's unique approach to writing literature and upending traditional convention is readily apparent. As more of his catalog becomes available in English, we ought to be treated to an even greater display of his imagination and talent. While The Literary Conference is by no means a masterpiece, it is certainly an original and intriguing work. For whatever strange reason, it kept reminding me of both Bioy Casares's The Invention of Morel and the 1980s arcade game Marble Madness.

"As a result, perfection has to find its own way. We can't find perfection. The miracle is that it happens at all. Life is generous that way, it always is."

"Synopsis" by , Jorge Luis Borges declared The Invention of Morel a masterpiece of plotting, comparable to The Turn of The Screw and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Set on a mysterious island, Bioy's novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious.

Inspired by Bioy Casares's fascination with the movie star Louise Brooks, The Invention of Morel has gone on to live a secret life of its own. Greatly admired by Julio Cortá zar, Gabriel Garcí a Má rquez, and Octavio Paz, the novella helped to usher in Latin American fiction's now famous postwar boom. As the model for Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet's Last Year in Marienbad, it also changed the history of film.

"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Set on a mysterious island, Bioy's novella is a story of suspense and exploration, as well as a wonderfully unlikely romance, in which every detail is at once crystal clear and deeply mysterious.
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