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Ellinor's Litventures

This blog is about my literary adventures in different genres. I like variety in my reading and will read books from most genres but particulary book with some literary merit.

SZ-Bibliothek Metropolen Band 7: Die Nächte von Flores - César Aira This book totally surprised me, it wasn't what I expected at all. From the blurb I thought it would be a despcription of Flores - a quarter of Buenos Aires - and its inhabitants, told from the point of few of an elderly couple who are delievering pizza. There is also talk of a boy who was kidnapped and then killed because his parents weren't as rich as the kidnappers had thought and thus weren't able to pay.
For the first part of the book this was true. There were only one or two things which seemed odd. But the were so tiny that I didn't think about them much. Then the point of view changes and now the story of a lawyer is told. He and his wife are hosting an author who is about to receive a literary award. The lawyer's son one night has a car accident and from here on things start getting weird: The reader suddenly finds out that the elder couple are to criminals, that the author really isn't an author etc. In the end all the characters meet in an underground passage behaving very strange.
My first thought was, "What the...". But the whole thing was so strange that I actually starting liking the book after having thought about it for some time.
This whole weirdness is only good because the book is just a little over a 100 pages long. Had it been longer I might not have enjoyed it at all.