THE AURA tells in first person, the
extraordinary trip of a character with no name, a
taxidermist, an introverted, obscure man who has a strange
obsession: again and again over recent years, he has planned
and imagined the most perfectly executed robberies. They’re
always successful – thanks to his intelligence which, he
claims, marks him apart from the idiots-fighting-idiots
struggle of cops and robbers. The taxidermist thinks he
could pull it off better than anybody else.
On a trip away from his urban home, he travels to the remote forests in
the south of
Argentina to go hunting for the first time. A tragic
accident unexpectedly gives him the chance to commit a real
crime: an attack on an armored security truck carrying the
profits from a nearby casino. Motivated at first by morbid
curiosity, and then carried along by the momentum of events,
this taxidermist will be hurled into his fantasies, and
compelled to assemble, piece by piece, a complex jigsaw
puzzle of events from which there’s no escape.
To make matters worse, he will have to battle against his
greatest weakness: he is
epileptic. And just before he succumbs to an attack, he will
experience the “aura”: both a warning and a moment of
strange, almost sublime enlightenment, an experience of
utter confusion and overwhelming disorientation. These
attacks will come when he least expects it, when he most
needs to use all his senses…
The taxidermist discovers that nothing is as it seems.
That crime requires intelligence and planning, but also
involves violence, fear, and betrayal. He will find himself
thrown into a world where he doesn’t understand the rules or
the characters, and where he is trapped in a whirlwind of
terror and unreality. Like an ‘aura’.
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