The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira by César Aira

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César Aira's books often have an element of quirky absurdity, and this one is the same. It reads like a parable, but in the end there's no moral teaching
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Aira's latest concerns a reluctant but powerful doctor who finally decides to use his healing powers to help a hopeless patient.


César Aira’s newest novel in English is not about a conventional doctor. Single,in his forties, and poor, Dr. Aira is a skeptic. His personality — his weaknesses,whims, and pet peeves — is summed up in a series of digressions and regressions but he has a very special gift for miracles. He no longer cares about miracles,however, and has no faith in them. Perhaps he is even a little ashamed about his supernatural powers. Such is Dr. Aira, who also has to confront his arch-enemy— chief of the Pinero Hospital, Dr. Actyn — who is constantly trying to prove that Dr. Aira is a charlatan. Poor Dr. Aira is indeed a worker of miracles, but César Aira — the magesterial author — sends the very human doctor stumbling toward the biggest trap of all, in this magical book.
 

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 October 16, 2012 by New Directions. 88 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Pablo Medina on Oct 17 2012

César Aira's books often have an element of quirky absurdity, and this one is the same. It reads like a parable, but in the end there's no moral teaching

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