NTA Longlist: Conversations by Cesar Aira translated by Katherine Silver

Conversations by Cesar Aira, translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver (New Directions)

TAira-Conversationshe narrator in this novella is prey to a creatively obsessive habit of revisiting every night the conversations he had with his friends during the day. Katherine Silver’s exacting translation skillfully captures the main character’s increasingly convoluted ruminations that center on a film’s incongruous detail: the Rolex worn by a Ukrainian goatherd. This is a highly entertaining and thought-provoking book on the self-imposed torturous act of interpreting texts, and the consuming conversations triggered by that very act—an art utterly familiar to most translators and readers of literature.

About Erica Mena

Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist. Pronouns: they/them.
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