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The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof (edition 2017)

by César Aira (Author), Nick Caistor (Translator)

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Title:The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof
Authors:César Aira (Author)
Other authors:Nick Caistor (Translator)
Info:New Directions (2017), Edition: Tra, 224 pages
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I wouldn't say this is a great translation. Some things definitely felt weird but maybe it was translated into British English? Either way, the first short story about the Buddhist monk feels whimsical and weird, reminiscent of Haruki Murakami. The Proof, the second short story, is darker- almost reminded me of Quentin Tarantino. Super quick read. ( )
  nheredia05 | Jun 12, 2018 |
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Two completely different stories by the inimitable César Aira

The Little Buddhist Monk is a story of Asian invention gone wild, as a diminutive Korean Buddhist monk acts as a tour guide to an increasingly distraught French couple on a working vacation in the Far East. Proof brings us quickly back to the West, where two punks, plus a new recruit  (“Wannafuck?” is the opening line as the two punk lesbians accost the chubby and shy Marcia on a quiet street in Buenos Aires), take control of a local supermarket with dire consequences for the hostages. These two Aira works are as different as night and day. Nevertheless, sex, identity, and modern day economics figure deeply in both of these fast-paced, edgy fictions.

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"The Little Buddhist Monk is a story of Asian invention gone wild, as a diminutive Korean Buddhist monk acts as a tour guide to an increasingly distraught French couple on a working vacation in the Far East. Proof brings us quickly back to the West, where two punks, plus a new recruit (Wannafuck? is the opening line as the two punk lesbians accost the chubby and shy Marcia on a quiet street in Buenos Aires), take control of a local supermarket with dire consequences for the hostages. These two Aira works are as different as night and day. Nevertheless, sex, identity, and modern day economics figure deeply in both of these fast-paced, edgy fictions."--Amazon.com.… (more)

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