The Musical Brain: And Other Stories by César Aira

By César Aira

A delirious choice of brief tales from the Latin American grasp of microfiction, César Aira–the writer of no less than 80 novels, such a lot of them slightly 100 pages long–The Musical mind & different Stories includes twenty stories approximately oddballs, freaks, and loonies.

Aira, along with his fuga hacia adelante or "flight forward" into the unknown, provides us imponderables to reflect on and peculiar and doubtless out-of-context plot strains, in addition to considerate and passionate takes on daily fact. The name tale, first released within the New Yorker, is the creme de los angeles creme of this exhilarating assortment.

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She had doggedly taken night classes at Georgetown University for two years, leaving the dishes after dinner and always expecting a fight. Her husband loaded them into the dishwasher舒no fight. Finally, when she was ready to leave, she had to start the fight herself. There is a better world, she told him. 舡 he asked. In the end, though, he had helped her find a place to live舒an older house, on a side street off Florida Avenue, with splintery floors that had to be covered with rugs, and walls that needed to be repapered but that she never repapered.

After a few days, she realized that it would be practical to store his things in the attic and use his room for a study, but she couldn舗t touch anything. She continued to take care of the room, but not every day. Sometimes when she felt lonely, she would go in there and look at all his books in the bookcase. Other times, she would clean the house thoroughly at night, with a burst of energy, as if to make ready for his return. One night after she cleaned, she took some bottles of beer to put in the refrigerator, so they would be cool when she came home from work.

Be serious. Tell me one real dream,舡 Michael says. 舡 Michael lets her go and walks into the living room. He looks out the window and sees Carlos舗s car pull up in front of the walk. He goes out and gets into Carlos舗s car. He stares down the street. 舠Don舗t feel like saying hello, I take it,舡 Carlos says. Michael shakes his head. 舡 Michael舗s mood is contagious. Carlos starts the car angrily and roars away, throwing a curse on a boxwood at the edge of the lawn. Wolf Dreams When Cynthia was seventeen she married Ewell W.

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