The Linden Tree
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The Linden Tree

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A delightful fictional memoir about César Aira's small hometown. The narrator, born the same year and now living in the same great city (Buenos Aires) as César Aira, could be the author himself. Beginning with his parents--an enigmatic handsome black father who gathered linden flowers for his sleep-inducing tea and an irrational, crippled mother of European descent--the narrator catalogs memories of his childhood: his friends, his peculiar first job, his many gossiping neighbors, and the landscape and architecture of the provinces. The Linden Tree beautifully brings back to life that period in Argentina when the poor, under the guiding hand of Eva Perón, aspired to a newly created middle class.

As it moves from anecdote to anecdote, this charming short novella--touching, funny, and sometimes surreal--invites the reader to visit the source of Aira's extraordinary imagination.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 127 x 178 x 8mm | 90g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811219089
  • 9780811219082
  • 706,433

Review quote

In this novella, which teases readers with suggestions of the autobiographical, Aira has one eye on his country's past and the social effects of Juan Perón's regime...Although comprised of what can seem like individually minor creations, Aira's project is no less ambitious than Proust's, and for those of his fans who cannot read his work in Spanish, the arrival of each new title is a bittersweet occasion. It has taken 14 years for this book to reach us in English, and that is too long to wait. We want more, and we want it yesterday.--Patrick Flanery
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256 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (86)
3 38% (98)
2 5% (14)
1 2% (4)
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