Ema, la Cautiva

Ema, la Cautiva By César Aira, Ema la Cautiva Ameno lector hay que ser pringlense y pertenecer al Comit del significante para saber que una contratapa es una tapa en contra Sin ir m s lejos yo lo s Pero por alguna raz n me veo fr volamente obli
  • Title: Ema, la Cautiva
  • Author: César Aira
  • ISBN: 9780595155897
  • Page: 134
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  • Ema, la Cautiva By César Aira, Ameno lector hay que ser pringlense y pertenecer al Comit del significante, para saber que una contratapa es una tapa en contra Sin ir m s lejos, yo lo s Pero por alguna raz n me veo fr volamente obligado a contarte c mo se me ocurri esta historio La ocasi n es propicia para las confidencias una linda ma ana de primavera, en el pumper Nic de Flores, donde suelo vAmeno lector hay que ser pringlense y pertenecer al Comit del significante, para saber que una contratapa es una tapa en contra Sin ir m s lejos, yo lo s Pero por alguna raz n me veo fr volamente obligado a contarte c mo se me ocurri esta historio La ocasi n es propicia para las confidencias una linda ma ana de primavera, en el pumper Nic de Flores, donde suelo venir a pensar Tomasito dos a os juega entre las mesas colmadas de colegiales de inc gnito Reina la desocupaci n, el tiempo sobra.
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    1. César Aira

      C sar Aira born on February 23, 1949 in Coronel Pringles, Buenos Aires Province is an Argentine writer and translator, considered by many as one of the leading exponents of Argentine contemporary literature, in spite of his limited public recognition.He has published over fifty books of stories, novels and essays Indeed, at least since 1993 a hallmark of his work is an almost frenetic level of writing and publication two to four novella length books each year 1 Aira has often spoken in interviews of elaborating an avant garde aesthetic in which, rather than editing what he has written, he engages in a flight forward fuga hacia adelante to improvise a way out of the corners he writes himself into Aira also seeks in his own work, and praises in the work of others such as the Argentine Parisian cartoonist and comic novelist Copi , the continuum el continuo of a constant movement forward in the fictional narrative As a result his fictions can jump radically from one genre to another, and often deploy narrative strategies from popular culture and subliterary genres like pulp science fiction and television soap operas on the other hand, he frequently deliberately refuses to conform to generic expectations for how a novel ought to end, leaving many of his fictions quite open ended.While his subject matter ranges from Surrealist or Dadaist quasi nonsense to fantastic tales set in his Buenos Aires neighborhood in Flores, Aira also returns frequently to Argentina s nineteenth century the two books translated into English, The Hare and An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, are examples of this so is the best known novel of his early years, Ema la cautiva Emma, the Captive He also returns regularly to play with stereotypes of an exotic East Una novela china , A Chinese Novel El volante The Flyer , and El peque o monje budista The Little Buddhist Monk Aira also enjoys mocking himself and his childhood home town Coronel Pringles in fictions such as C mo me hice monja How I Became a Nun , C mo me re How I Laughed , El cerebro musical The Musical Brain and Las curas milagrosas del doctor Aira The Miraculous Cures of Dr Aira His novella La prueba 1992 served as the basis or point of departure only the first half hour follows the novella of Diego Lerman s film Tan de repente Suddenly 2002 His novel C mo me hice monja How I Became a Nun was selected as one of the best 10 publications in Spain in the year 1998.Besides his fiction, and the translation work he does for a living, Aira also writes literary criticism, including monographic studies of Copi, the poet Alejandra Pizarnik, and the nineteenth century British limerick and nonsense writer Edward Lear 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 writing , the date of completion of the work, and the date of publication of the work Aira also was the literary executor of the complete works of his friend the scabrous poet novelist Osvaldo Lamborghini 1940 1985.The American publisher, New Directions, has put out four of his works in English translation An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, How I Became A Nun, Ghosts, The Literary Conference New Directions plans to publish works of Aira s in the near future.

    225 thoughts on “Ema, la Cautiva”

    1. I was disturbed by this novel Sometimes that can be a good thing I m not sure whether it is in this case, though.Ema felt to me throughout, as I read, as a horrific embodiment of a male fantasy Ema is an ever youthful, ever desirable female who is subject to terrible violence along with her children being subject to it without her having much of a problem with it She just passively makes the best of things Because she is so passive about being carried off with regularity to be raped some , then [...]

    2. I finished this book a week ago and have discussed it and mulled over it, and I guess I should just go ahead and write a review The discussion and deep thinking have had a lot to do with questions of the author s intent It is difficult to find many reviews in English of the work, in fact all of them are written by men who say nothing about the brutal sexual violence of the situations Ema finds herself in One even went as far as saying that Aira is describing an idealized world that he wished he [...]

    3. Ema, a delicate woman of indeterminate origins as the back cover explains she is considered white, although she is the same color as the Indian women, with either African or Indian features , is taken captive from somewhere and journeys across some part of wild Argentina in a wagon convoy with soldiers and other prisoners The trip is ghastly, the prisoners barely fed, seeming barely human, the food noxious When one male prisoner is seen copulating with a being of indefinite sex, an officer cuts [...]

    4. I looked forward to reading this work, having very much enjoyed Argentinian writer Cesar Aira s work, How I Became a Nun Ema the Captive is a much earlier work and I was curious to compare the two.Ema the Captive is a very different type of book than How I Became a Nun It takes place in 19th Century Argentina, out in the forests, plains, and mountains The atmosphere is extremely dreamlike and the writing beautifully lyrical although punctuated by episodes of shocking brutality It begins with a m [...]

    5. life, he said, is a primitive phenomenon, destined to vanish entirely but extinction is not and will not be sudden if it were, we would not be here destiny is what gives the incomplete and the open their aesthetic force then it retires to the sky destiny is a grand retiree it has nothing to do with the human body s anxious perceiving, which is kinesthetic than visual, or in any case imaginary than real destiny is concerned only with the flower, but the flower has no weight we want the melon th [...]

    6. Don t know how I feel about this book Ema, moves around from different camps , and appears to be a captive, raped, and yet the author wants us to believe she s okay with this and that she s an independent woman who can move to other camps men when the mood suits her I found it very confusing and demoralizing I ve never read anything written by this writer If this is how he portrays women, how he normalizes them, then I don t know I d read I did enjoy the descriptions of the flora, fauna, and se [...]

    7. This is the first book I ve read by Mr Aira and all I can say is this book is akin to the Monkey Festival.Inconclusive.Ema, the Captive was an inconclusive read, filled with pseudo philosophical ramblings from men, no less about money and existence interspersed with plenty of scenes of smoking, gambling and lazing away your days Oh, and pheasant farming Am I supposed to care about any of that The short read was less about Ema than about the strange, distant world she found herself living She was [...]

    8. no me gusta Aira, esto es lo mejor que le le sigo esperando un libro de l que sea realmente digno de su renombre le agradezco su trabajo con la poes a de Osvaldo Lamborghini que, como dice Milita Molina, con eso ya se gan el cielo.

    9. Strange little book, an imaginary life of South American Indians some colonials, I enjoyed it also was sometimes bored found some of Aira s intellectual flights flighty than parseable Ema is said to be a white woman yet doesn t look white passes from man to man as directed as if that were as natural as eating chicken one day pork the next No character development Imagery rules Favorite bits Birds returning from the west passed overhead, always flying singly,very high, flapping silently through [...]

    10. Reading and rereading Wilde over the years, I note a fact that his panegyrists seem not even to have suspected the elementary and demonstrable fact that Wilde is nearly always right Jorge Luis Borges, On Oscar Wilde trans Esther Allen Art never expresses anything but itself It has an independent life, just as Thought has, and develops purely on its own lines It is not necessarily realistic in an age of realism, nor spiritual in an age of faith So far from being the creation of its time, it is us [...]

    11. Esta novela es solo para completistas que quieren leer todo Aira Esto es lo que pasa cuando se escribe sin plan, una novela aburrid sima M s grave a n que Aira diga que es una novela g tica simplificada , porque, la verdad, nada que ver Lo que es es una dilatada descripci n de la vida sin prop sito de la frontera argentina del siglo XIX Los blancos beben, duermen, pasean Los indios tambi n De vez en cuando hay un mal n y se llevan las mujeres Otras veces hacen de meg fono para que Aira haga de f [...]

    12. Es el primer libro que leo de C sar Aira y cu nto lo admiro y lo quiero ya Disfrut cada p gina, el mundo de Ema, siempre fresco, sobre un territorio nuevo, real y no, me puso a cuestionar la realidad circundante la m a as de intenso es su lenguaje trastoca el pensamiento y sus alrededores Este libro a ratos parece hist rico, luego fant stico, m tico, un g nesis, es paisaje, melancol a, soledad, una leyenda pero nunca es una sola cosa Tambi n, claro est , es un viaje para los personajes, para el [...]

    13. I have a secret list of words that evoke vision I should have added to it while reading this, because I kept going, Oh, that s a good one Aira writes very beautifully He makes Argentina seem like a fantastical dreamland, like Xanadu or Samarkand or El Dorado.I think this might not be a novel, but rather a lengthy pastoral poem.I think the key to the aesthetic of this book is that nobody in it ever needs anything For instance, money is an important part of the book but nobody ever needs it They s [...]

    14. I feel like the review that The Millions gave explained my feelings about this book the best His novels are eccentric clones of reality, where the lights are brighter, the picture is sharper and everything happens at the speed of thought You don t know where you are or what you are looking at, but the air is full of electricity Ema, the Captive was beautiful in the most primitive way, sensual and raw, matter of fact yet deep Its lyrical observations of the natural world and of the habits of the [...]

    15. This was a hard one At first it really bothered me, so much rape and sexual violence written as if it was so normal And even in the end I m still not sure if I like Ema, but the writing And the nature descriptions I felt like I could hear the Argentinian birds every time I opened the pages.Ema comes off very passively even though she s the protagonist, she s constantly traded and stolen and captured and sold to different, and she prevails in the end I m starting to think that she s always viewed [...]

    16. Me gust la transici n de Ema Al principio se presenta como un personaje sin voz y sin nombre, casi imperceptible, casi un objeto Est sometida al imperio de su entorno A medida que Ema trajina a la fuerza, pero sin aparente resistencia, entre distintos hombres y culturas blancos, comunidades de indios , toma cada vez m s acci n y di logo, espes ndose su deseo de independencia por sobre el sentimiento de indiferencia cr nica que impregna toda la historia Entend que existe un paralelismo entre la v [...]

    17. Ema, the Captive is less interested in plot than in the pure, sensual experience of being Think of this novel as a vacation to not just another time, but to an entire other concept of time, of place, of existence The reader becomes the captive, bound in a cage of sights and smells, of tastes, of touch Aira has crafted a spell here, a dream, that as you read will surround you by the pampas, by the forest, by the men and women who surrender to the pleasures and pains of life It is a thesis on exis [...]

    18. A book set in a world that looks a lot like 19th century Argentina, but the focus is wrong mundane things seem beautiful, horrifying things are numb, and some times a sequence just happens with the weight and pacing of how the movies portray a wonderful dream I m sure I missed all sorts of commentary on Aira s Argentina, but I enjoyed the ride nonetheless.

    19. Aira embarks on an interesting project here a gothic romance utterly devoid of horror or romance The result is a laconic pastoral where horrible things happen, but no one victim or perpetrator seems to care Basically, the novel is a simulacrum of a novel that ultimately implies that life itself is a simulacrum.

    20. The story of a woman taken as a slave in 19th century Argentina, passed from soldiers to indigenous tribes, and eventually making her own life He treats his subject cooly, stripping the narrative of any evidence of trauma, a mark against the book in my opinion The first 2 3 are a rich and verbose, if disturbing, novella, and the last third goes off the rails a bit, plot wise.

    21. my favorite from aira that i ve come across thus far ostensibly, it s a straightforward western novel but over time his charateristic plot twists and philosophical wanderings are revealed it s told with a meloncholic and almost magical beauty that often left me feeling somewhat disoriented.

    22. This book is poetically descriptive Although you keep wondering where the story will go, and whether it will reach anywhere at all, the language is beautiful enough to keep you going.

    23. While the prose in describing the flora and fauna of Argentina was well done, the story was a very strange and unrewarding.

    24. Beautifully descriptive book about a mans journey into the jungles Surprising bits of culture and aristocracy to be found where the wildness takes over.

    25. Below is a link to one of the helpful reviews I ve found for this book Aira s always playing with something This time, it s the gothic novel, femininity, and whitenessokforum review 17322

    26. Ante todo, si no fuera Aira le hubiera dado m s estrellas, pero espero m s de l Dir a que es injusto de mi parte Es una novela rara Comienza como novela hist rica y en alg n momento parece derrapar y las referencias hist ricas empiezan a resultar extra as, equivocadas, y en alg n otro momento, personajes que pertenecen a los estratos sociales m s bajos comienzan a comunicarse entre s con un lenguaje propio de un literato, y luego presenta como propias de tribus bastante desorganizadas, elaborad [...]

    27. When I first chose to read Ema the Captive by C sar Aira, I did not have any idea what to expect Aira was a new author to me, so I went in to the book with no former knowledge of writing style or subject matter.Ema the Captive is a good book, it just isn t a style of writing that is my favorite 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 The beginning and end of the story were cogent, but the middle of the story [...]

    28. I found reading this book much like a lucid dream It is gorgeous at points stunning imagery, poetic words, and philosophy so deep, I often had to reread those sentences a few times.I love Ema as a character She s hard to read, yet fierce At times, I wondered about the children she gave birth to you never quite understand who are the fathers and yet, you let that go, knowing that she s doing what she does best There were definitely slow moving parts to the story and characters that just drop off, [...]

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