Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Review: Artforum, by César Aira


Artforum, by César Aira. Translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver. New Directions, 2020.

Artforum is a very typical César Aira- sweet, short and a little bit crazy. The novel is composed of several interconnected stories about the author's narrator's obsession with Artforum, a real magazine about contemporary art. Chapters include the time the narrator finds a stash of Artforum issues at a used bookstore, the difficulty with getting a foreign magazine in Argentina, the time he considers getting a subscription, and the time he panics at home in between receiving this or that issue.

I'm not sure what else to say. It's very accessible as César Aira novels go, no zombies or extended philosophical treatises on the state of the world or the supernatural; rather, it's hyperrealistic and grounded in every day life- charming, absurd and wonderful.

Highly recommended in other words.

FTC Disclosure: I did not receive this book for review.

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