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Artforum

(2020)
A collection of stories by

 
 
One man’s obsession with Artforum magazine takes us on a hilarious journey to the ultimate meaning of the very creation of art

Artforum is certainly one of César Aira’s most charming, quirky, and funny books to date. Consisting of a series of interrelated stories about his compulsion to collect Artforum magazine, this is not about art so much as it is about passionate obsession. At first we follow our hapless collector from magazine shops to used bookstores hunting for copies of Artforum. A friend alerts him to a copy somewhere and he obsesses about actually going to get it—will the shop be open, will the copy already be sold? Finally he takes out a subscription, but then it never comes, so he hounds the mailman. There’s the day his stash of Artforums gets rained on, but only one absorbs the water. And interspersed is a wacky chapter about the mystery of the broken clothespins. “How weird.” “How crazy.”

Genre: General Fiction

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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Artforum
Author(s): Cesar Aira
ISBN: 0-8112-2926-2 / 978-0-8112-2926-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

March 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Artforum
Author(s): Cesar Aira
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA