César Aira was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina, in 1949. Since 1967 he has lived in Buenos Aires. He has published more than 70 books of fiction and criticism. Varamo is the seventh of his novels to appear in English translation, after The Seamstress and the Wind (New Directions, 2011), The Literary Conference (New Directions, 2010), Ghosts (New Directions, 2008), How I Became a Nun (New Directions, 2007), An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter (New Directions, 2006) and The Hare (Serpent’s Tail, 1997). César Aira is widely recognized as one of the most inventive and surprising fiction writers working in Spanish today. He is also one of the freest and most invigorating.