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New Directions Publishing, 2008 - Fiction - 139 pages
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The most unsettling and stunning of Aira's short novels published by New Directions.

"On a building site of a new, luxury apartment building, visitors looked up at the strange, irregular form of the water tank that crowned the edifice, and the big parabolic dish that would supply television images to all the floors. On the edge of the dish, a sharp metallic edge on which no bird would have dared to perch, three completely naked men were sitting, with their faces turned up to the midday sun; no one saw them, of course." — from Ghosts

Ghosts is about a construction worker's family squatting on a building site. They all see large and handsome ghosts around their quarters, but the teenage daughter is the most curious. Her questions about them become more and more heartfelt until the story reaches a critical, chilling moment when the mother realizes that her daughter's life hangs in the balance.

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User Review  - giovannigf - LibraryThing

Very likely the glowing reviews in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other places set my expectations too high. While not bad, Aira's Ghosts wasn't as experimental or as "chilling" (as the ... Read full review

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User Review  - AnnieMod - LibraryThing

At the last day of the year, in a unfinished apartment complex, the construction workers and the families that will live in the homes when they are finished are ready to wave goodbye to the old year ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

The poet Chris Andrews teaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where he is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. He has translated books by Roberto Bola˝o and CÚsar Aira for New Directions.

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