By César Aira
A sinisterly humorous modern day Through the taking a look Glass that starts with cyanide poisoning and leads to strawberry ice cream.
"My tale, the tale of 'how I turned a nun,' begun very early in my lifestyles; I had simply grew to become six. the start is marked by way of a vibrant reminiscence, which i will be able to reconstruct right down to the final element. ahead of, there's not anything, and after, every thing is an extension of an analogous vibrant reminiscence, non-stop and unbroken, together with the periods of sleep, as much as the purpose the place I took the veil ." So starts off Cesar Aira's miraculous "autobiographical" novel. extreme and ideal, this invented narrative of adolescence adventure bristles with dramatic humor at every one degree of transforming into up: a primary ice cream, college, analyzing, video games, friendship. the unconventional starts in Aira's place of origin, Coronel Pringles. As self-awareness grows, the tale rushes ahead in a torrent of anecdotes which rework an international of uneventful happiness into whatever else: the anecdote turns into event, and event, delusion, after which legend. among reminiscence and oblivion, truth and fiction, Cesar Aira's How I grew to become a Nun keeps childhood's major treasures: the truth of myth and the delirium of invention.
a number of days after his 50th birthday, Aira spotted the skinny rim of the moon, obvious regardless of the emerging sunlight. while his spouse defined the phenomenon to him he was once stunned that for 50 years he had identified not anything approximately "something so seen, so visible." This epiphany led him to write down How I grew to become a Nun. With a sophisticated and melancholic humorousness he displays on his disasters, at the which means of existence and the significance of literature.