The Hare by César Aira

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The novel moves erratically, never quite landing where you think, and as mysterious subplot after subplot is introduced, one may be forgiven for suspecting that Aira is playing a joke at the expense of the reader, but in his masterful hands...
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When a Mapuche chief suddenly goes missing, a British naturalist is asked to find him in the vast Argentine pampas


Clarke, a nineteenth-century English naturalist, roams the pampas in search of that most elusive and rare animal: the Legibrerian hare, whose defining quality seems to be its ability to fly. The local Indians, pointing skyward, report recent sightings of the hare but then ask Clarke to help them search for their missing chief as well. On further investigation Clarke finds more than meets the eye:in the Mapuche and Voroga languages every word has at least two meanings.Witty, very ironic, and with all the usual Airian digressive magic, The Hare offers subtle reflections on love, Victorian-era colonialism, and the many ambiguities of language.
 

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 July 25, 2013 by New Directions. 273 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 01 2013

The novel moves erratically, never quite landing where you think, and as mysterious subplot after subplot is introduced, one may be forgiven for suspecting that Aira is playing a joke at the expense of the reader, but in his masterful hands...

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Below average
Reviewed by Marcela Valdes on Jun 26 2013

The novel is not without its flaws — I'm sad to report that both its major villains are "black as an African," and its overt equation of the Indian with the irrational makes my conscience queasy.

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