The Seamstress and the Wind by César Aira

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‘Once you've started reading Aira, you don't want to stop.’
Roberto Bolaño

César Aira

Rosalie Knecht

Price: £7.99 (print), £5 (ebook)

Paperback with French flaps


eBook ISBN:

Original language:

Published by:
And Other Stories

Publication date:
21 July 2016

In a small town in Argentina, a seamstress is sewing a wedding dress. All of a sudden she fears that her son has been kidnapped and driven off to Patagonia. She gives chase in a taxi. Her husband finds out and takes off after her – to the end of the world, to the place where monsters are born, and where the southern wind falls hopelessly in love.

Praise for The Seamstress and the Wind

  • ‘I was quickly seduced by The Seamstress and the Wind, which takes place in Coronel Pringles, Argentina, Aira’s hometown. It figures he’d come from a place called Pringles, where funny music resounds and nothing ever happens, except everything.’ Patti Smith, The New York Times
  • ‘Bewitching and bewildering . . . Compulsively readable . . . Aira’s writing – with its equal measures of rich complications and airy whimsies – combines brevity with so many possible meanings, or none.’ Arifa Akbar, Financial Times
  • ‘Surreal and intriguing . . . a drama is as fun as it is mystifying.’ The Guardian
  • ‘Wow. A virtuosic confection . . . Aira is the obvious heir to Jorge Luis Borges.’ Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
  • ‘The Seamstress and the Wind is brilliantly, logically bonkers. In this excellent translation by Rosalie Knecht . . . the book is another strong addition to the impressive And Other Stories list.’ Miranda France, Times Literary Supplement
  • ‘A work of literary trigonometry. The prose bounds along with a gleeful spring in its step, dragging the improbable story behind it . . . If you’re happy to have your buttons pushed, then you’ll fall for this shaggy-dog-story-on-shrooms, and fall hard.’ Roger Cox, The Scotsman
  • ‘Funny, poetic and wonderfully readable . . . Idiosyncratic and vivacious, The Seamstress and the Wind reads more like an afternoon in the pub with a dreamy Eddie Izzard than a sit-down session exploring prose form with Eimear McBride, and is all the better for it.’ Big Issue
  • ‘It works as a piece of art whose fresh, gorgeous images carry rich meanings about the nature of transformation. But it also works as a story that makes you miss your subway stop.’ Electric Literature
  • ‘Sophisticated and energetic writing which will leave you scratching your head with curious wonder . . . I admire the sheer uncompromising audacity and verve of this novel.’ The Lonesome Reader

More Information

  • Read more about César Aira on our author page.
  • Translated by Rosalie Knecht.

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