The Literary Conference

The Literary Conference

Paperback New Directions Pearls

By (author) Cesar Aira, Translated by Katherine Silver

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  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 114mm x 173mm x 10mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 25 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0811218783
  • ISBN 13: 9780811218788
  • Sales rank: 198,192

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Cesar is a translator who s fallen on very hard times due to the global economic downturn; he is also an author, and a mad scientist hell-bent on world domination. On a visit to the beach he intuitively solves an ancient riddle, finds a pirate s treasure, and becomes a very wealthy man. Even so, Cesar s bid for world domination comes first and so he attends a literary conference to be near the man whose clone he hopes will lead an army to victory: the world-renowned Mexican author, Carlos Fuentes. A comic science fiction fantasy of the first order, The Literary Conference is the perfect vehicle for Cesar Aira s take over of literature in the 21st century."

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Aira's literary significance, like that of many other science fiction writers, comes from how he pushes us to question the porous line between fact and fantasy, to see it not only as malleable in history, but also blurred in the everyday. The engrossing power of his work, though, comes from how he carries out these feats: with the inexhaustible energy and pleasure of a child chasing after imaginary enemies in the park. "