by Cesar Aira

Ghosts cover
Cover of Ghosts on the Open Library.

A charming, meandering book of philosophical musings disguised as a novel.
– Me, back in 2014 or so.

The construction site of a luxury high-rise in Buenos Aires is haunted, but only the Chilean immigrant laborers working on the site—and their families—can see the ghosts. Patri, the foreman’s teenaged daughter, gets especially involved with these otherworldly beings.

I started Ghosts expecting a regular ghost story, so it took a while to get into the novella’s rhythm. But I did, and it was worth it.

Translated by Chris Andrews

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