That was the question I found myself asking, over and over again, while reading Cesar Aira’s Ema la Cautiva (“Emma, the Captive”–there’s. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Cruzando fronteras: ‘Ema, la cautiva’ de César Aira | The article deals with the definition of the frontier, in order to. Buy Ema, la cautiva (Spanish Edition): Read 1 Kindle Store Reviews – Amazon. com.

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Ema as the captive, has actually been free. It takes place in 19th Century Argentina, out in the forests, plains, and mountains. I fear some day I might run out of Aira to read.

He explains that he once worked as a translator of gothic novels, “odysseys in which the female protagonists – sometimes English, sometimes Californian – transported the same old entanglements over hymenoptical oceans, oceans of passionate tea.

She then shacks up with a gaucho before a raid makes her a prisoner of various Indians. Think of this novel as a vacation to not just another time, but to an entire other concept of time, of place, of existence. Good to know that they’re a type of animal that actually exists. It may be about vastness and emptiness of the landscape where Indians and settles cope with. The contemplation of the snows, of course, expanded leisure time.

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Ema, la Cautiva

Return to Book Page. I did enjoy the descriptions of the flora, f Don’t know how I feel about this book. I’m not sure whether it is in this case, though. What to caufiva of the paper coins that a character starts printing in an attempt to stave off boredom?

There are times when … every spectator is a coward or caitiva traitor. There was no anabasis. There are massive snowstorms. Others may appreciate this style, but Caitiva am a clear lines person, I like to see where the story is going or what the purpose is and I just didn’t feel that with this novel. Elena rated it liked it Jan 31, The result is a laconic pastoral where horrible things happen, but emaa one victim or perpetrator seems to care.


We see a large herd of miniature seals that totally ignore the prisoners and their escort. To ask other readers questions about Ema, la cautivaplease sign up. Even the obviously horrible rape is not treated or taken seriously. Hence Wilde’s theoretical essays and dialogues, which are forthright in their dismissal of extra-artistic emq from art; hence Borges’s equanimity in contemplating the replacement of reality by fictions, the process he narrates again and again, which politico-moral critics try to recoup as a critique of totalitarianism, like trying to convince yourself that pornography is a moral warning against fornication or, as we now call it, objectification.

Ema the Captive is a good book, it just isn’t a style of writing that is my favorite. I just can’t tell what cautiba author’s doing, if he believes in all this misogyny and captivity, or if he’s saying that Ema is a captive even when she’s “free”, and maybe even from the reader truly seeing her.

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S This is the first book I’ve read by Mr. All that counts is that I felt at peace when I finished writing, certain I had enjoyed the greatest success one can expect from this kind of task: Imitating them was like returning to the source. Caugiva trip is ghastly, the prisoners barely fed, seeming barely human, the food noxious.

To repurpose a line from the novel, Aira’s “words [stand] out beautifully against the ambient strangeness. She will have three more children rapidly over the course of the narrative.

Ema, la Cautiva by César Aira

We never learn why Ema goes from one man to another. One even went as far xautiva saying that Aira is describing an “idealized” world that he wishe 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! Lists with This Book.


Ema the Captive is a much earlier work and I was curious to compare the two. Jon rated it liked it Jun 11, But that, at the same time, gave me great pleasure. Who does an artist watching the film have to identify with besides its maestro of mayhem, whether director Scott or Scott’s surrogate droid?

Ema, la cautiva

You are commenting using your Twitter account. The seduction, alas, fails, as we might have predicted from the two androids’ verbal mannerism: Sin embargo, la historia de Ema, cautiva. Or maybe the novel cutiva be read as an indictment of men treating women like animals, or as a tribute to women’s strength to overcome horrible abuse. One moment in the novel really made me pause and ask these questions.

You are commenting using your WordPress. They live in houses because the houses are there, but sometimes not. Paperbackpages. I suspect he is referring to the nature writing, but the complete omission of any discussion of the captivity element is troubling in every single “professional” review I read.

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We only really see Ema’s story as it relates to the activity important to the men, such as an ambush or a party or a battle.