Review of "Dinner" by César Aira, trans. Katherine Silver

Review of "Dinner" by César Aira, trans. Katherine Silver

Review of "Dinner" by César Aira, trans. Katherine Silver

César Aira dishes up an imaginative parable on how identity shapes our sense of belonging with Dinner, his latest release in English. Aira’s narrator (who, appropriately, remains nameless) is a self-pitying, bitter man—in his late fifties, living again with his mother in his childhood home, in debt, jobless, never married, overly critical of others—who somehow still manages to win our affection with his wry pathos.