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A writer is offered a devil’s bargain: will he give up reading books in exchange for total world domination?
Only César Aira could have cooked up this witch’s potion (and only he would plop phantom Mont Blanc pens into his cauldron, as well as jackals and fearsome crocodiles from the banks of the Nile)—a brew bubbling over with the question: where does literature end and magic begin?
“Aira's works are like slim cabinets of wonder, full of unlikely juxtapositions. His unpredictability is masterful.” — Rivka Galchen, Harpers
“Aira’s cubist eye sees from every angle.” — Patti Smith, New York Times Book Review
“César Aira is writing a gigantic, headlong, acrobatic fresco of modern life entirely made up of novelettes, novellas, novelitas. In other words, he is a great literary trickster, and also one of the most charming.” — Adam Thirlwell