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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Or caugiva the novel can be read as an indictment of men treating women like animals, or as a tribute to women’s strength to overcome horrible abuse.

London rated it liked it Feb 18, I’ve never read anything written by this writer.

Ema, la cautiva

For instance, money is an important part of the book but nobody ever needs it. They taught us that it was the supreme spiritual value. The interstitial cuts to a male point of view throughout this novel all objectify Ema and focus on her sexual desirability, in ways where I’m simply not sure what to make of them–because the men raping her seem kind of reasonable and caring.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Don’t know how I feel about this book.

Aira embarks on an interesting project here: Y no hay queja sobre la cauyiva o los motivos. He passes out and bleeds to death, his body left there for three days as the stench circulates.

The difference is that Aira’s audience is a minuscule fraction of Scott’s, so he is allowed his indifference to public life—allowed, that is, to openly side with the inhuman. Aira also was the literary executor of the complete works of his friend the scabrous poet-novelist Osvaldo Lamborghini — This book is poetically descriptive. He is an important Argentinian voice, not so well known in this country who deserves to be read by many more people. The men only cautia it through the lens of what they can get out of it – how many coats, etc.


With many books, I have the feeling half-way through that I have basically read the book and there are no surprises other than with thrillers and mysteries where there is a punchline of sorts but the writing is still generally predictable.

It takes place in 19th Century Argentina, out in the forests, plains, and mountains. They realized that they were, by chance, about to witness the act of mating. Does any of this bother her? In the depths of the woods, fires were lit to warm groups of young people playing dice, or listening to the birds, or cuddling.

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher New Directions, and the author for the opportunity to read this lovely book in exchange for an honest review. To emphasize the stakes of the conflict, David’s victims are a crew of married couples on a mission to colonize a new planet in a bathetic attempt emma offset the film’s homophobic deep structure, we are provided among the crew a gay-married couple.

Ema, The Captive Malaprops Choice. Kris rated it liked it Dec 22, Los blancos beben, duermen, pasean. The laborer in the factory of popular culture cannot publicly advertise amoral aestheticism, however, or not for long, anyway.

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Although she is dark-skinned, Ema is for some reason regarded as eja and therefore exotic amongst the other captives who are indigenous people. I was disturbed by this novel. I know Aira has a very large body of work, novels, and I think I want to try more to see how my opinion changes.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Laura Kasinof rated it liked it Sep 01, Is this book a parody of nineteenth-century adventure novels?


The rest of the book recounts Ema’s life with the indigenous population. If this is how he portrays women, how he normalizes them, then I don’t know I’d read more. He is an important Argentinian voice, not so well known in this country who deserves to be read by many more people. The trip is appalling deprivations and rapes prevail along the wayyet the real story commences once Ema arrives at the fort, where she takes on a succession of lovers among the soldiers and Indians, leading to a brave and grand entrepreneurial experiment.

The writing is gorgeous with a dreamlike quality in the depiction of the life of the indigenous people and their surroundings. And the nature descriptions!

emma An intellectual who fails to understand what is happening in his time and in his country is a walking contradiction, and those who understand but do nothing will have a place reserved in the anthology of tears but not in the living history of their land.

It’s a quick read for those interested, and a light read. In the fourth movement, Ema decides to take some control of her fate by breeding pheasants and thus participating in the complicated and interconnected economies of various Indian nations and the white colonizers—like Espina, like her creator, she too wishes to invent a self-replicating system of arbitrary values.