The Little Buddhist Monk & the Proof (Paperback)

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By Cesar Aira, Nick Caistor (Translator)
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An electric collection of short pieces with totally different aesthetics and approaches that show truly show off how clever, imaginative and original Aira is. The Little Buddhist Monk is Aira at his most playful, a fun bit of nonsense that dives into the wonderfully absurd, while The Proof turns into a gritty urban fantasy that revels in sex and violence (and love). Unlike anything else out there.

— Justin


The Little Buddhist Monk is a story of Asian invention gone wild, as a diminutive Korean Buddhist monk acts as a tour guide to an increasingly distraught French couple on a working vacation in the Far East. The Proof brings us quickly back to the West, where two punks, plus a new recruit ("Wannafuck?" is the opening line as the two punk lesbians accost the chubby and shy Marcia on a quiet street in Buenos Aires), take control of a local supermarket with dire consequences for the hostages. These two Aira works are as different as night and day. Nevertheless, sex, identity, and modern day economics figure deeply in both of these fast-paced, edgy fictions.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811221122
ISBN-10: 0811221121
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English