Ema the Captive - Cesar Aira

Staff Pick

Reading Aira’s 1982 masterpiece, newly available in English translation, is like a taking a dreamlike voyage through a funhouse mirror vision of the 19th Century Argentine frontier. Ema, a woman of indeterminate background, is a prisoner at a military garrison when she is captured by Indians. She moves among different tribes before striking out on her own as a traveler, visiting the Indians’ great capital city and ultimately becoming an entrepreneur. As we accompany her on this great journey, Aira’s prose twists and turns, subverting the conventions of gothic novels, captive narratives, American westerns, and historical fiction. This literary tour-de-force is not to be missed!

Ema the Captive By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by) Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811219105
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: New Directions - December 6th, 2016