The Musical Brain: And Other Stories (Hardcover)

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By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
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I'm obsessed with this book. Stories that revel in imagination and wonderful nonsense, the kind of book that redefines what can (and maybe should?) be done with literature.

— Justin


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811220293
ISBN-10: 081122029X
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English