César Aira was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina in 1949. He taught at the University of Buenos Aires and at the University of Rosario and has translated and edited books from France, England, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Mexico and Venezuela.
Perhaps one of the most prolific writers in Argentina, and certainly one of the most talked about in Latin America, Aira has published more than 80 books in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile and Spain. Translations of his work have been published in France, Great Britain, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Romania, Russia and the United States.
One novel, La prueba (The Trial), has been made into a feature film, and How I Became a Nun was chosen as one of Argentina’s ten best books. In addition to essays and novels, Aira writes regularly for the Spanish newspaper El País. In 1996 he received a Guggenheim scholarship, and in 2002 he was shortlisted for the Rómulo Gallegos prize.