César Aira was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina, in 1949. He is one of the most important authors in contemporary Latin American literature. Aira has published more than 100 books: novels, short stories, essays and plays. He translated novels from English, French and Portuguese and taught at the universities of Rosario and Buenos Aires, where he lives today. In 1996 he received the Guggenheim scholarship, in 2002 he was shortlisted for the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, in 2015 he was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. In 2016 he has been Guest of Honour at the International Literary Festival Berlin and he was awarded the Premio Iberoamericano de Narrativa Manuel Rojas. Aira’s literature is known to be something of absolute nouveauté, of constant innovation and inspiration. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages.