That was the question I found myself asking, over and over again, while reading Cesar Aira’s Ema la Cautiva (“Emma, the Captive”–there’s. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Cruzando fronteras: ‘Ema, la cautiva’ de César Aira | The article deals with the definition of the frontier, in order to. Buy Ema, la cautiva (Spanish Edition): Read 1 Kindle Store Reviews – Amazon. com.

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The Indians are known largely for printing their own paper currency in any desired amount. Those are my two best theories. Elena rated it liked it Jan 31, The laborer in the factory of popular culture cannot publicly advertise amoral aestheticism, however, or not for long, anyway. No really, I actually think that might be what the book is about.

Ema the Captive is a much earlier work and I was curious to compare the two. Almost all the tensions end up peacefully with a scene of people smoking, swimming and playing games. It is a thesis o “Ema, the Captive” is less interested in plot than in the pure, sensual experience of being.

I definitely missed their crazy, crackling energy here; Ema reads much more like a turgid, slurpy opium-induced hallucination. Don’t know how I feel about this book.

If I do that, as an exercise in alternative interpretation, the novel becomes a deliberate farce, I guess, in a Candide-like way, of a character who decides she is in the best of all possible worlds. For instance, money is an important part of the book but nobody ever needs it.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The aesthetics of polite society: Aira embarks on an interesting project here: One even went as far as saying that Aira is describing an “idealized” world that he wishe I finished this book a week ago and have cwutiva it and mulled over it, and I guess I should just go ahead and write a review!


Ema, la cautiva

Fortunately, every time I turn around there seems to be another one. I think the key to the aesthetic of this book is that nobody in it ever needs anything.

The beginning and end of the story were more cogent, but the middle of the story lost me. It’s a quick read for those interested, and a light read. The writing is gorgeous with a dreamlike quality in the depiction of the life of the indigenous people and their surroundings.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Goodreads helps you keep track of caitiva you want to read. Cautivz starting to think that she’s always viewed through the male lens though, like she’s the male idea of how a woman would feel in these situations where she has very little sexual agency or control of any kind over her life and body.

I think this might not be a novel, but rather a lengthy pastoral poem. He wrote a short book, Las tres fechas [The Three Dates], arguing for the central importance, when approaching some minor eccentric writers, of examining the moment of their lives about which they are writingthe date of completion of the work, and the date of publication of the work. In and out of harems is Ema. Imitating them was like returning to the source. It wasn’t until the end of the novel that I really felt that there was a purpose to the story being told of the main character.

I am not satisfied to merely dismiss him as being male and oblivious. Condemning nature and himself artificial, spawning new life not through insemination but through the ideological organization of organic matter including the forced insemination of others and the gender-disordering conversion of men into mothers, i. I wasn’t sure what the author was trying to lw to me by telling the story.


Even the obviously horrible rape is not treated or taken seriously. Notify me of new posts via email.

Ema, la Cautiva by César Aira

I look forward to reading more of this writer’s work. I justify the above digression—can you begin an essay with a digression? One of his better books. Although she is dark-skinned, Ema is for some reason regarded as white and therefore exotic amongst emma other captives who are indigenous people.

There are times when … every spectator is a coward or a traitor. Read critcism as well.

Jaime rated it liked it Sep 17, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Al principio se presenta como un personaje sin voz y sin nombre, catuiva imperceptible, casi un objeto.

Ema, la Cautiva

Sep 21, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Writing, meanwhile, is almost always empty. So what happens in this book? The very title of the book makes one wonder: There’s one mention of a blind man, but I’ll bet he was born that way. What to make of the paper coins that a character starts printing in an attempt to stave off boredom?