New Book: The Hare By César Aira

Mujer mapuche con joyas de plata, ca. 1890
Mujer mapuche con joyas de plata, ca. 1890 (Photo: Wikipedia)
Vintage engraving of Mapuche
Vintage engraving of Mapuche (Photo: Wikipedia)

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When a Mapuche chief suddenly goes missing, a British naturalist is asked to find him in the vast Argentine pampas


Clarke, a nineteenth-century English naturalist, roams the pampas in search of that most elusive and rare animal: the Legibrerian hare, whose defining quality seems to be its ability to fly. The local Indians, pointing skyward, report recent sightings of the hare but then ask Clarke to help them search for their missing chief as well. On further investigation Clarke finds more than meets the eye:in the Mapuche and Voroga languages every word has at least two meanings.


Witty, very ironic, and with all the usual Airian digressive magic, The Hare offers subtle reflections on love, Victorian-era colonialism, and the many ambiguities of language.


César Aira (b. 1949) was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina, in 1949. He has published more than seventy books of fiction and essays.

Nick Caistor is a translator, editor, and author. He has written a biography of Octavio Paz and has translated the works of José Saramago, Paulo Coelho, and Julián Ríos, among others.

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