Narrator, essayist and Argentine dramatist, born in 1949 in Coronel Pringles (in the province of Buenos Aires). Author of an original and extensive narrative production, developed mainly in the complex genre of short novel, has achieved in a short time a universal impact, is considered to be one of the most outstanding figures of Argentine letters from the last quarter of the 20th century.
Driven by an innate literary vocation, eighteen years of age he/she moved to Buenos Aires, where he/she resides since then. He/She became known as a writer by the publication of some literary essays that have appeared in various newspapers and magazines, were you in cimeros positions of the contemporary Argentine criticism. He/She also made numerous works of translation, and wrote some plays that did not reach the success achieved by its narrative and factual works.
Connoisseur of world literature, César Aira has given courses and lectures at the University of Buenos Aires (on the works of the French poet Arthur Rimbaudand Argentine playwright Copi) and at the University of Rosario (about constructivism and the work of the Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé).
Early enshrined as one of the most original and prolific of southern letters, he/she has published more than thirty stories, almost all of them are framed in the genre of the Novella. Although these works have been published separately in his native country, in Spain they have been light some of them grouped in joint volumes, as titled how I became a nun (1998), which includes the eponymous novel and test and crying. Its narrative has been also published in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela, and translated into French, English, Portuguese and Italian. The criticism from both sides of the Ocean has spared no praise when it comes to prosecuting the narrative production of César Aira: Leonardo Moledo, Clarin, said that "in Argentine literature, Aira enjoys the rare privilege of creating beauty, in the manner of Óscar Wilde or Fellini." Manufacturing exotic objects, that once in the air become necessary and unavoidable"; for its part, the Spanish critic Ignacio Echeverría argues that "speaking of eccentricities, there are to descend southwards to the writer, today, perhaps more original and shocking, more exciting and subversive of the Spanish narrative: César Aira".
Among the main novels of the writer of Coronel Pringles (which tend to present the common property of a protagonist named after the author, without entering the category of the autobiographical account), it is worth remembering the titled Moreira (1975); EMA, the captive (1981) - inserted into that thematic tradition of Argentine literature that analyzes the figure of the white captive, opened in the 17TH century by Ruy Díaz de Guzmán; resumed on the 19th by Esteban Echeverría and Lucio Mansilla Victorio; and continued in the 20th by Jorge Luis Borges and the own César Aira, among other many authors; The Argentine light (1983); Sheep (1984); Canto castrato (1984); A Chinese novel (1987); Ghost (1990); Baptism (1991); The Hare (1991); Reservoir (1992); The war of the gyms (1992); Test (1992); The cry (1992); Mother and child (1993); How me hice monja (1993); Infinity (1994); The seamstress and the wind (1994); The mysteries of the Rosary (1994); The two clowns (1995); Bee (1996); The trumpet's Wicker (1998); The Serpent (1998); Sleep (1998); The miraculous cures of Dr. Aira (1998); The beggar (1998); The Congress of literature (1999); The modern girl (2004), night of flowers (2004) and an episode in the life of the painter traveller (2005).
Within the genus cuentistico, César Aira has been printing volumes entitled the pink dress (1984) and Cecil Taylor. And in his role as an essayist, he/she has published some work as relevant as the graduates Copi (1991); Nouvelles impressons du Petit Maroc (1991); Taxol: preceded by Duchamp in Mexico and joke (1997); and Alejandra Pizarnik (1998).