How I Became a Nun (Paperback)

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By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
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As far as short, gripping novels go no one is better than the Argentinian Aira. He has perfected the subway read. Since I can’t choose all of them I will recommend that you start with the first one I read - How I Became a Nun, “My story, the story of ‘how I became a nun,’ began very early in my life; I had just turned six.” So begins the quick and wonderfully strange childhood of the character, César Aira. Enjoy!

-- Nick

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"My story, the story of 'how I became a nun, ' began very early in my life; I had just turned six. The beginning is marked by a vivid memory, which I can reconstruct down to the last detail. Before, there is nothing, and after, everything is an extension of the same vivid memory, continuous and unbroken, including the intervals of sleep, up to the point where I took the veil ." So starts Cesar Aira's astounding "autobiographical" novel. Intense and perfect, this invented narrative of childhood experience bristles with dramatic humor at each stage of growing up: a first ice cream, school, reading, games, friendship. The novel begins in Aira's hometown, Coronel Pringles. As self-awareness grows, the story rushes forward in a torrent of anecdotes which transform a world of uneventful happiness into something else: the anecdote becomes adventure, and adventure, fable, and then legend. Between memory and oblivion, reality and fiction, Cesar Aira's How I Became a Nun retains childhood's main treasures: the reality of fable and the delirium of invention. A few days after his fiftieth birthday, Aira noticed the thin rim of the moon, visible despite the rising sun. When his wife explained the phenomenon to him he was shocked that for fifty years he had known nothing about "something so obvious, so visible." This epiphany led him to writeHow I Became a Nun. With a subtle and melancholic sense of humor he reflects on his failures, on the meaning of life and the importance of literature.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811216319
ISBN-10: 0811216314
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: February 28th, 2007
Pages: 117
Language: English