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The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira by César Aira
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The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira

by César Aira

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A dense, short, brilliant story about a retired miracle healer (or perhaps a self-deluded quack) that ponders about reality, enlightenment, and the nature of miracles. He prepares his mystical and absurd writings while a medical doctor is out to expose him. Bounded and carefully hallucinatory, and touching on topics such as the nature of writing, pragmatism as evil, and the wisdom of apparent fools. The book is also funnier than my description above implies. It's great stuff. ( )
  jorgearanda | Mar 19, 2011 |
This short story by the Argentine writer César Aria is, in my opinion, a rather brilliant piece of literature. Told in the first person by the mentally deranged "Doctor Aria", this story ends with a completely hallucinated chapter that begins in a strange and somewhat confusing way and finishes with the uncontrollable laugher by everyone involved (the fictional characters present at the scene and the reader) but Dr. Aria... ( )
  FPdC | May 25, 2010 |
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Aira's latest concerns a reluctant but powerful doctor who finally decides to use his healing powers to help a hopeless patient.

César Aira’s newest novel in English is not about a conventional doctor. Single,in his forties, and poor, Dr. Aira is a skeptic. His personality — his weaknesses,whims, and pet peeves — is summed up in a series of digressions and regressions but he has a very special gift for miracles. He no longer cares about miracles,however, and has no faith in them. Perhaps he is even a little ashamed about his supernatural powers. Such is Dr. Aira, who also has to confront his arch-enemy— chief of the Piñero Hospital, Dr. Actyn — who is constantly trying to prove that Dr. Aira is a charlatan. Poor Dr. Aira is indeed a worker of miracles, but César Aira — the magesterial author — sends the very human doctor stumbling toward the biggest trap of all, in this magical book.

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Short fiction about a doctor who has a gift for making miracles and who is not deterred by his archenemy, Dr. Actyn, who is constantly trying to prove he is a charlatan.

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