Varamo

Varamo

3.71 (961 ratings by Goodreads)
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Among other things, this novella is an ironic allegory of the poet's vocation and inspiration, the subtlety of artistic genius, and our need to give literature an historic, national, psychological, and aesthetic context. But Aira goes further still -- converting the ironic allegory into a formidable parody of the expectations that all narrative texts generate -- by laying out the pathos of a man who between one night and the following morning is touched by genius. Once again Aira surprises us with his unclassifiable fiction: original and enjoyable, worthy of many a thoughtful chuckle, Varamo invites the reader to become an accomplice in the author's irresistible game.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 130 x 180 x 8mm | 100g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811217418
  • 9780811217415
  • 282,465

Review quote

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.-- (02/28/2012)
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961 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 22% (215)
4 38% (366)
3 30% (284)
2 8% (80)
1 2% (16)
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