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- Varamo: Easily consumed, but stays with the reader long after;
- The Family Handyman (October 2014).
Over the course of the evening he is beset by bookies, voices emanating from the ether, a pair of gregarious spinsters, untrustworthy chauffeurs, publishers, politicians, and his physically diminutive but psychologically overbearing mother, who turns out to be Chinese. It is from these encounters that he unwittingly gleans the raw materials of his masterpiece-to-be.
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Yet despite their wildly differing plots and the stylistic variations between them, these works hold together as an oeuvre, perhaps even better than they stand alone. They are united by a handful of recurring themes, on which Aira offers diverse—and often contradictory—perspectives from one book to the next.
- The Improvised State.
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A perennial favorite among these is the relation between the process and the product of writing; in this, Varamo proves an exceptionally self-reflective case. The poem at the heart of the novel is produced—spontaneously, accidentally—when our protagonist sits down to write something else: a treatise on his hobby and private passion, provisionally titled How To Embalm Small Mutant Animals. In the interval between that moment and the dawn of the following day, ten or twelve hours later, he completed the composition of a long poem, from the initial decision to write it up to the final period, after which there were no further additions or corrections.
Varamo by César Aira (translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews)
Sound familiar? Here, it is his method of composition that he sends in for a cameo appearance.
Both veteran and neophyte readers of Aira will find something new, and gratifying, in this slim volume. Tickets on sale now.
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Rather than finding it frustrating, I see it as an opportunity… a welcome excuse to go back to the first page and begin again. Like Like. Varamo is wonderful, but An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter might be a better place to start. I love how Cesar Aira is to you what Jose Saramago is to me.
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