Roberto Bolano

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Roberto Bolano

Post by morning chorus » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:29 pm

I hope some of you have read some Bolano books... This guy is my best discovery in literature since David Foster Wallace...

Every other book I'm reading at the moment is one of his... Through 5 of them so far:

The Savage Detectives
By Night in Chile
2666
Amulet
Distant Star

Anyone?

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Re: Roberto Bolano

Post by andyroo » Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:29 pm

Seen the name about all right, been meaning to check him out but the only Spanish books they sell in the international bookshops in Dublin tend to be classics, and it takes me too long to read a novel in Spanish to be worth borrowing from the Cervantes library. So I guess I'll pick one up when I'm in Spain for Christmas.

Am I right in thinking he only wrote one complete novel, the rest are all collections of stories, or unfinished stuff or journalism?
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Re: Roberto Bolano

Post by morning chorus » Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:39 pm

Andy,

Just pop in to Hodges & Figgis and you'll have a choice of all of the above in the fiction section... All translated in to English...

He wrote about 10 novels plus poetry plus short story collections... It's just that Picador just picked up the publishing rights lately and put all their might into promoting "The Savage Detectives" because it was the first they published (a bit too much marketing actually - it's not exactly airport novel stuff yet there it was)... The second they published was the 1,000 page long "2666" which arguably is unfinished but that doesn't matter at all...

By Night in Chile is a 120 page death bed monologue... Amulet is another monolugue from the "Mother of Mexican Poetry"... "Distant Star" yet another

Still more works to be translated in to English for the first time over the coming two years...

I'd go with "The Savage Detectives" though... wonderful, wonderful stuff...

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