Ema the Captive

Ema the Captive

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Overview

Ema The Captive, César Aira’s second novel, is perhaps closest in style to his popular An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter and The Hare


In nineteenth-century Argentina, Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins, is captured by soldiers and taken, along with with her newborn babe, to live as a concubine in a crude fort on the very edges of civilization. The trip is appalling (deprivations and rapes prevail along the way), yet the real story commences once Ema arrives at the fort, where she takes on a succession of lovers among the soldiers and Indians, leading to a brave and grand entrepreneurial experiment. As is usual with Aira’s work, the wonder of the book is in the details of customs, beauty, and language, and the curious, perplexing reality of human nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811219105
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 986,260
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nominated for a Neustadt award and the Man Booker International Prize, César Aira was born in Coronel
Pringles, Argentina, in 1949. He has published at least one hundred books and was most recently the creator of a limited edition, “Valise,” for the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.

The poet Chris Andrewsteaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where he is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. He has translated books by Roberto Bolaño and César Aira for New Directions. He has won the Anthony
Hecht Poetry Prize for his poetry and the Valle-Inclan Prize for his translations.

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