César Aira: Een episode uit het leven van een landschapsschilder (roman)
The main character of An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter is the German artist Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858). Widely admired as a master landscape painter, Alexander von Humboldt advised him to leave Europe and capture the spectacular landscapes of Chile, Argentina and Mexico. Indeed, Rugendas became one of the best nineteenth-century European painters to venture into Latin America.
However, this is not a biography of Rugendas. This novel weaves an almost surreal tale around the secret purpose behind the travels to Latin America: Rugendas is convinced that he will find true inspiration only in the mysterious expanse of the plains. A short and dramatic visit to Mendoza gives him the chance to make his dream come true. He travels straight into the pampas, hoping for that impossible moment that would force him to create a new form of art. However, the journey is interrupted by a strange episode that irreversibly marks him for the rest of his life. IN DUTCH!