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A sinisterly funny modern day Through the Looking Glass that begins with cyanide poisoning and ends in strawberry ice cream 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 inventionA 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 write How 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 How I Became a Nun

About the Author: César Aira

C sar Aira born on February 23, 1949 in Coronel Pringles, Buenos Aires Province is an Argentine writer and translator, considered by many as one of the leading exponents of Argentine contemporary literature, in spite of his limited public recognition.He has published over fifty books of stories, novels and essays Indeed, at least since 1993 a hallmark of his work is an almost frenetic level of writing and publication two to four novella length books each year.Aira has often spoken in interviews of elaborating an avant garde aesthetic in which, rather than editing what he has written, he engages in a flight forward fuga hacia adelante to improvise a way out of the corners he writes himself into Aira also seeks in his own work, and praises in the work of others such as the Argentine Parisian cartoonist and comic novelist Copi , the continuum el continuo of a constant movement forward in the fictional narrative As a result his fictions can jump radically from one genre to another, and often deploy narrative strategies from popular culture and subliterary genres like pulp science fiction and television soap operas on the other hand, he frequently deliberately refuses to conform to generic expectations for how a novel ought to end, leaving many of his fictions quite open ended.While his subject matter ranges from Surrealist or Dadaist quasi nonsense to fantastic tales set in his Buenos Aires neighborhood in Flores, Aira also returns frequently to Argentina s nineteenth century the two books translated into English, The Hare and An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, are examples of this so is the best known novel of his early years, Ema la cautiva Emma, the Captive He also returns regularly to play with stereotypes of an exotic East Una novela china , A Chinese Novel El volante The Flyer , and El peque o monje budista The Little Buddhist Monk Aira also enjoys mocking himself and his childhood home town Coronel Pringles in fictions such as C mo me hice monja How I Became a Nun , C mo me re How I Laughed , El cerebro musical The Musical Brain and Las curas milagrosas del doctor Aira The Miraculous Cures of Dr Aira His novella La prueba 1992 served as the basis or point of departure only the first half hour follows the novella of Diego Lerman s film Tan de repente Suddenly 2002 His novel C mo me hice monja How I Became a Nun was selected as one of the best 10 publications in Spain in the year 1998.Besides his fiction, and the translation work he does for a living, Aira also writes literary criticism, including monographic studies of Copi, the poet Alejandra Pizarnik, and the nineteenth century British limerick and nonsense writer Edward Lear He wrote a short book, Las tres fechas The Three Dates , arguing for the central importance, when approaching some minor eccentric writers, of examining the moment of their lives about which they are writing , the date of completion of the work, and the date of publication of the work Aira also was the literary executor of the complete works of his friend the scabrous poet novelist Osvaldo Lamborghini 1940 1985.The American publisher, New Directions, has put out four of his works in English translation An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, How I Became A Nun, Ghosts, The Literary Conference New Directions plans to publishworks of Aira s in the near future.He is the father of the comic books artist Tom s Aira.

10 thoughts on “How I Became a Nun

  1. s.penkevich s.penkevich says:

    I was the sole keeper and mistress of the impossible.Reality is the playground of the writer with memories and the artifacts of their past as the swings and slides for their games C sar Aira s How I Became a Nun is a humorous jaunt through the life of a 6 year old boy or girl also named C sar Aira as s he learns the magic of blending fact and fantasy to better understand the undercurrent of magic pulsing through plain reality Through a lonely pilgrimage of childhood, C sar experiments

  2. Garima Garima says:

    We lost ourselves in a labyrinth that I can reconstruct step by step. How I became a Nun introduces us to an exceptional and somewhat intimidating architect who generously makes use of imagination for constructing a unique narrative Something keeps on happening here if not in the form of reality then in the infinite space of fiction Our belief or disbelief in the strange lives this book depicts is our own business only and whether we derive from it a healthy dose of entertainment or an ine

  3. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    Meet the most precocious and contrarian six years old in all Argentina He or she has a story to tell, and it s a real whopper When the family moves from small town Pringles not the one that grows chips, the other one to bustling Rosario, our undersized and unreliable narrator feels threatened, even when taken out by her his father for a treat the very first taste of strawberry ice cream My anxiety was mounting exponentially Ice cream seemed the cruelest instrument of torture ever in Meet the

  4. Anthony Vacca Anthony Vacca says:

    C sar Aira writes a book about a mischievous boy or girl named C sar Aira that begins with terrorists poisoning strawberry ice cream with cyanide and ends a brisk 117 pages later with, well, a LOT of strawberry ice cream Sandwiched between all the strawberry ice cream, C sar Aira relates C sar Aira s formative years as an androgynous imp, terrorizing superstitious nurses, his or her prison bird father and long suffering mother, a fragile school teacher and a schoolyard friend with an affini C sa

  5. Mike Puma Mike Puma says:

    One likely to piss off some readers It needn t It will, it has, but it needn t.A precocious little girl boy , C sar Aira not the author, C sar Aira, or the C sar Aira who narrates The Literary Conference, but a fictional C sar Aira who will likely narrate other books by C sar Aira recounts the traumatic event which begins her life in a new city before she he becomes increasingly distanced from the reality that others participate in A little mind fuck of a book given that she he narratesOne likely t

  6. Jim Elkins Jim Elkins says:

    The Unhelpful Lingering Influence of Magic RealismThe first two chapters of this book are absolutely excruciating to read incredibly well managed, funny, weird, tense, well conceived, and utterly bizarre The narrator is a boy, but then again, he might be a girl that s strange enough, because the ambiguity is managed offhandedly someone refers to the protagonist as he, and someone else as she The offhandedness of references to gender outdoes Yann Martel s recent attempt at similar ins The Unhelpful Lin

  7. Ellie Ellie says:

    How I Became a Nun by C sar Aira is a short, hallucinatory novel It seemed to me it s about becoming a writer The convent Aira enters is that of fiction, where the rules of reality are suspended and the possession of an individual reality is renounced So I gave up the idea of imitating him and having a personality dimly intuiting that my only hope of being someone lay in this renunciation.Despite the brevity of the book, it felt packed, although I m not sure with what I found myself highl How I Became a

  8. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    A boy no a girl no a boy child.Written as if the grown up self is remembering the events of his life at age 6, and trying not to filter it through the lens of reality.A child s reality is different Dreams may be real Reality may seem dream like Dreams and reality may be the same The experience is the reality, whether it is felt in conventional consciousness or altered states.Memories are distorted, incomplete and fleeting They are warped by dreams, and dreams are warped by memories.All culm A boy no a girl

  9. jeremy jeremy says:

    one of thestriking characteristics of c sar aira s fiction is how much fun it seems he must be having while writing his stories not limited by the constraint of genre, aira s novellas often move effortlessly between them, without ever an inkling of it seeming forced or contrived despite their relative brevity, aira s works though i am unable as yet to determine just how have an enduring effect far greater than books i thought i enjoyedthan his this lasting mark may well be testa one of thestriking characterist

  10. Jeff Jackson Jeff Jackson says:

    Here s another case where ratings fail 5 stars for the first half of the novel 3 stars for the second half 1 star for the ending Which equals A lot of reader turbulence for such a short book Or I m glad I read this but also glad I read An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter and Ghosts first Look forward toCesar Aira in the near future.

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