The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira (Paperback)
New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811219990, 88pp.
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Cesar Aira's newest novel in English is not about a conventional doctor. Single, in his forties, and poor, Dr. Aira is a skeptic. His personality -- his weaknesses, whims, and pet peeves -- is summed up in a series of digressions and regressions but he has a very special gift for miracles. He no longer cares about miracles, however, and has no faith in them. Perhaps he is even a little ashamed about his supernatural powers. Such is Dr. Aira, who also has to confront his arch-enemy-- chief of the Pinero Hospital, Dr. Actyn -- who is constantly trying to prove that Dr. Aira is a charlatan. Poor Dr. Aira is indeed a worker of miracles, but Cesar Aira -- the magesterial author -- sends the very human doctor stumbling toward the biggest trap of all, in this magical book.