I think Cesar Aira might be my favorite writer. He’s like Italo Calvino on Acid -- the way he uses scientific and philosophic language to lay out his bizarre ideas and stories. The only consistency in Aira is the inconsistency -- he’s a madman. I’ll reach for his books when I’m looking for a fresh spin on reality and want a head-trip, or when I’m looking for something non-traditional to cleanse the palate between big books. He is the author of more than 70 novels in Spanish, and New Directions publishes several of his titles every year in English but I still need more!— Jeremy
A delirious collection of short stories from the Latin American master of microfiction, Cesar Aira the author of at least eighty novels, most of them barely one hundred pages long The Musical Brain comprises twenty tales about oddballs, freaks, and loonies. Aira, with his fuga hacia adelante or "flight forward" into the unknown, gives us imponderables to ponder and bizarre and seemingly out-of-context plot lines, as well as thoughtful and passionate takes on everyday reality. The title story, first published in the New Yorker, is the creme de la creme of this exhilarating collection.