One thought on “La Prueba”

  1. Mi gran sorpresa con este autor, que forma de meterme a un mundo retorcido, seco, violento y humorístico en tan pocas paginas y con personajes tan irreverentes que hacen que la cabeza explote de ideas y filosofías. ¿Para qué leer La prueba?1. Primeramente para entender esa palabra "PRUEBA", el autor hace una reflexión acerca de que la vida y sobre todo la de los adolescentes es una acción de verificar si estamos en el espacio correcto, si amamos adecuadamente, si somos los estudiantes perf [...]

  2. Man denkt die ganze Zeit „Was soll das?“ Aber nicht, weil mal das Buch verärgert weglegen möchte, sondern weil man der Geschichte auf die Schliche kommen will. Das liest sich wie ein einziger Fiebertraum.Marcia begegnet zwei weiblichen Punks, die sich Mao und Lenin nennen. Mao behauptet sich in Marcia verliebt zu haben. Marcia ist einfach nur neugierig, was die Punks ausmacht. Es kommt zu aberwitzigen Dialogen, die ins Nichts laufen, philosophisch sind, bei denen man einander nicht zuhört [...]

  3. The shock had a delayed effect because there had been no time for it while the event was taking place; but afterwards it made no sense, it was a fictional shock. Marcia wasn't hysterical, or even nervous or impressionable, or paranoid; she was quite calm and rational. No that wasn't where the change was. The atmosphere, the weight of reality had changed. Not because it had become more or less real, but because it seemed that now, anything could happen. Wasn't it like that before? Before, it was [...]

  4. Erstaunlich und fabelhaft. "Mao sah Marcia an. Marcia sah mao an und musste (innerlich) die Augen schließen, weil sie zu schön war."

  5. Well, that was surprising.Which is something I could say after reading almost any of Aira's novellas for the first or second time. But even if the metaphysical antics, deadpan prose, and absurd premises of his other works were the norm, The Proof would have surprised me.While Aira's stories typically move at a good clip, they also muse and meander. This one drives so aggressively forward that it thwarts Aira's usual swirling thoughts. Much of the novel is given to false attempts at conversation [...]

  6. 3.5. If you're looking for a fast-paced, surprising read, this is it. It swings wildly from confrontational to fun to threatening and macabre. One of the more straightforward of Aira's books, but he still packs a ton of surprises into so few pages.

  7. La prueba (1992), del escritor argentino Cesar Aira (1949- ), es una novela corta muy en su estilo: directo y, por qué no decirlo, disparatado, casi surrealista (especialmente el final), donde todo se precipita desde un inicio con una premisa original: el encuentro de personajes antagónicos. Un relato más de este estupendo autor.

  8. Seriously? That’s what all the fuss is about? So far this reads like a pastiche of an impenetrable novel with no plot.

  9. A strange short book, Marcia a tubby recently depressed girl meets 2 punks, Mao and Lenin. Things spiral out of control quickly and for little reason I could see. Is that the point? I really have no idea. However China Mieville and I sponsored it through And other stories, so read it because of that.

  10. Para mí, una prosa totalmente nueva. Varios aspectos me patearon un poco (en mi reacción espontánea/visceral); creo que por lo mismo. Al principio me parecía muy cliché y luego lo pude ir masticando mejor. El narrador no personaje tiene mucha opinión y explica mucho (en comparación con otras narrativas), lo que da lugar a una lectura activa en otros aspectos que son los que más interesa analizar. La alegoría respecto del rol del arte, el maniqueísmo (como actitud ante la vida), las pol [...]

  11. Hard to know what to make of this, a dream-like, unfocused narrative where a lot is talked about but it's difficult to grasp. Its brevity is in its favour - I'm not sure a longer story would have held up, but in its brief passing it does create a striking atmosphere. I'm not sure what the author was attempting to say, but there's definitely something in it.

  12. What can I say about Cesar Aira's The Proof in polite company and without spoiling the final twenty pages (or so).* Frankly nothing. The book's opening word - "Wannafuck?" - immediately precludes polite company and the climax eclipses the first two thirds of the novella. Consequently I'll need to spoil the ending to discuss the book. But don't fret. It's a short novella. You can read it while I'm typing this review. How about we meet back here in an hour.The plot, what there is of it, is straigh [...]

  13. The Proof, originally published in Argentina in 1992 and now released in English (translated by Nick Caistor, who has translated among others, Isabel Allende and Andres Neuman) starts off with a sentence I have never uttered and will never utter. 16 year old Marcia hears a shout of the proposition as she is walking through past other school children. She learns that the offer for sex came from two female punks, going by the name Mao and Lenin. She doesn't recognise them , whether this is due to [...]

  14. The ProofThis book I didn’t like as much as the first. It’s got a weird shopping center cover with the title written in a ketchupy font.This book starts with the profound question “Wannafuck?” as its opening line. And it more or less goes from there. The main character, sixteen year old Marcia, is accosted by two Lesbian punks who solicit her first for sex, then for badness and delinquency, and finally for violence and murder. It’s light book full of dark themes as the violence and cri [...]

  15. Esta novela centra sus temática alrededor de la noche y la adolescencia. El narrador conoce la intimidad de Marcia, parece un narrador omnisciente en primera persona que avanza en el distanciamiento de los hechos que van sucediendo. Un final que es llevado por el ritmo y atmósfera a un clímax esperado, pero poco predecible.Una novela en donde hay un proceso de seducción que juega con la agresividad y violencia en distintos niveles.

  16. This was an enjoyable and easy read, with nice flowing prose. But it's also one of those books where the author thinks: let's have a thought experiment, where the characters do crazy shit for no apparent reason, and then let's try and understand why they did that stuff. Answer - they did that stuff because you wrote it that way. What have we learned? Nothing.

  17. I think this book just went over my head. It reads like a teenager trying to shock you with their outlandish stories. The descriptions of chaos and how vivid they were stopped this from being a lower starred read.

  18. To quote my wife, ‘well that escalated quickly’ Not just a shocking/gratuitous escalation though, some gnarly nuggets of thought to digest in there. Complex beyond its length.

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