Artforum
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Artforum

4.15 (226 ratings by Goodreads)
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Artforum is certainly one of César Aira's most charming, quirky, and funny books to date. Consisting of a series of interrelated stories about his compulsion to collect Artforum magazine, this is not about art so much as it is about passionate obsession. At first we follow our hapless collector from magazine shops to used bookstores hunting for copies of Artforum. A friend alerts him to a copy somewhere and he obsesses about actually going to get it--will the shop be open, will the copy already be sold? Finally he takes out a subscription, but then it never comes, so he hounds the mailman. There's the day his stash of Artforums gets rained on, but only one absorbs the water. And interspersed is a wacky chapter about the mystery of the broken clothespins. "How weird." "How crazy."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 117 x 185 x 8mm | 82g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811229262
  • 9780811229265
  • 471,087

Review quote

I can think of no other writer as concerned with formal and thematic questions of pace (not of time, but of the various speeds at which we feel time pacing): not only are the individual books quick-moving, but he's published over a hundred of them, with no signs of slowing down.--Steven Zultanski "Frieze"
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226 ratings
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