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`Suddenly it hits you: you're not twenty; you're not young any more . . . and in the meantime, while you were thinking about something else, the world has changed.'Birthday begins with a fiftieth birthday. It comes and goes without fanfare, but just a few months later, an apparently banal comment that reveals a gap in the author's knowledge of the world prompts him to sit down in a cafe and write. As he sifts through anecdotes and weaves memories together, Aira reflects on the origin of his beliefs and his incapacity to live, on literature understood from the author's and the reader's point of view, on death and the Last Judgement.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 15mm | 126g
  • High Wycombe, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911508407
  • 9781911508403
  • 1,015,573

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Praise for Cesar Aira`One of the Spanish language's greatest writers . . . Birthday is wise in its inexactitude.' El Cultural ----`Aira's writing . . . combines brevity with so many possible meanings.' Arifa Akbar, Financial Times ---- `Aira's novels are concerned with the phenomenology of contemporary history, which can feel both immovably stable and cartoonishly slippery- a frenzy of nonsensical inversions, one after another, like a seemingly never-ending series of little novels.'Steven Zultanksi, Frieze
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About Cesar Aira

Cesar Aira is the author of around 80 books. The Argentinian's writing is considered to be among the most important and influential in Latin America today, marked by extreme eccentricity and innovation, and a playful spirit. He is without a doubt the true heir to Jorge Luis Borges' literature of ideas.
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292 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (121)
3 29% (84)
2 5% (16)
1 2% (5)
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