Conversations (New Directions Paperbook #1294) (Paperback)

By Cesar Aira, Katherine Silver (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811221108, 88pp.

Publication Date: June 26, 2014

List Price: 13.95*
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Daily conversations in outdoor cafes with cultured friends can help make reality a little more real. Unfortunately, however, during one such conversation, one man spots a gold Rolex watch on a TV soap opera's goatherd. This seemingly small absurdity sets off alarms: strange sensations of deception, distress, and incipient madness. The two men's uneasiness soon becomes a nightmare as the TV adventure advances with a real-life plot involving a mutant strain of killer algae to take over the world The Conversations, a reality within a fiction within a parallel reality, is hilariously funny and surprisingly touching.