How I Became a Nun’s first sentence (“My story, the story of ‘how I became a nun’ . . “), is a typical Aira opening: unadorned and efficient. A comparison might be made to the first sentence of Aira’s 2004 novel Yo era una chica moderna ( I Was a Modern Girl ). That novel begins: “ Yo era una chica moderna, que salía mucho .” (“I was a modern girl who went out a lot.”) A span of 11 years separates the two novels ( How I Became a Nun was first published in Argentina in 1993), but the technique is identical: begin simply.