Another Convert to Cesar Aira

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Andrew Seal discovers Ghosts by Cesar Aira and pens a nice post on it:

Thomas Mann is mentioned near the end (in a quote I’ll pull in a moment), and there is a noticeable degree of similarity to him, particularly in The Magic Mountain. What Aira shares with Mann is a neoclassical solidity that grounds the philosophical fancies of the characters or the narrator; while Aira’s characters are not so idly pedantic as Naphtha or Settembrini, they share an organic relationship to the thoughts they have which is integral to the progression of the novel, rather than digressive.

I previously praised and discussed Ghosts here. And if you need an introduction to Aira, I think the best you’ll find is Marcelo Ballve’s essay.

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