“I had been recognized by that dog and he was coming to get me.”
Oh, how I love César Aira and his infinite Philip K.Dick-esque capacity for imagination! “The Dog” is, believe it or not, one of his more straightforward, realistic pieces. To me, “The Dog” perfectly encapsulates the main characteristics of a perfectly executed short story: a single moment in time, obsession, unspoken secrets, and a decidedly unsettling ending. Is this a story about the past catching up with you? Is it about guilt? Fear of judgment? Or is it about a dog chasing a bus?
From The Musical Brain and Other Stories, New Directions, 2015. Available to read online here