The Musical Brain: And Other Stories (Hardcover)
Reading Aira is too easy. You might think that serious literature can’t be this enjoyable. Aira’s work makes you wrong. This is what great contemporary literature looks like: it’s fun, it’s funny, it’s smart, it’s absurd, it’s fast and it’s strange, but it’s also warm and relatable, and it never alienates. Aira is Borges stripped of filter, having fun; he’s Calvino on the ground; Kafka in the sky.— From Sam K
A delirious collection of short stories from the Latin American master of microfiction, Cesar Aira the author of at least eighty novels, most of them barely one hundred pages long The Musical Brain comprises twenty tales about oddballs, freaks, and loonies. Aira, with his fuga hacia adelante or "flight forward" into the unknown, gives us imponderables to ponder and bizarre and seemingly out-of-context plot lines, as well as thoughtful and passionate takes on everyday reality. The title story, first published in the New Yorker, is the creme de la creme of this exhilarating collection.