Ghosts by César Aira
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The most unsettling and stunning of Aira's short novels published by New Directions.

"On a building site of a new, luxury apartment building, visitors looked up at the strange, irregular form of the water tank that crowned the edifice, and the big parabolic dish that would supply television images to all the floors. On the edge of the dish, a sharp metallic edge on which no bird would have dared to perch, three completely naked men were sitting, with their faces turned up to the midday sun; no one saw them, of course." — from Ghosts

Ghosts is about a construction worker's family squatting on a building site. They all see large and handsome ghosts around their quarters, but the teenage daughter is the most curious. Her questions about them become more and more heartfelt until the story reaches a critical, chilling moment when the mother realizes that her daughter's life hangs in the balance.

About César Aira

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César Aira was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina, in 1949. Wildly popular in Latin America, he has published more than seventy books of short fictions and essays. Nick Caistor is a translator, editor, and author. He has written a biography of Octavio Paz and has translated the works of Jose´ Saramago, Paulo Coelho, and Julia´n Ri´os, among others.
Published February 24, 2009 by New Directions. 141 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this novel, a high-end condominium development in Buenos Aires is the scene of paranormal events.

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