- The fifth of six collectible of Aira novels from And Other Stories
‘Aira’s novels are concerned with the phenomenology of contemporary history, which can feel both immovably stable and cartoonishly slippery – a frenzy of nonsensical inversions, one after another, like a seemingly never-ending series of little novels.’
'This memoir by Argentine writer Cesar Aira, written for his 50th birthday, is his strongest work to come out in a while — subtle and masterful, though very different from a lot of his other books in its intimate, more direct personal narrative. He finds an access route to the deepest regions of a passing thought without overworking anything. With Aira, you always want to go along for the ride.'
‘One of the Spanish language’s greatest writers . . . BIRTHDAY is wise in its inexactitude.’
Arifa Akbar, praise for Cesar Aira
‘Aira’s writing . . . combines brevity with so many possible meanings.’