2666 — ARC

Added April 29, 2014
  • 2666 — ARC
  • Roberto Bolano
  • Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 2008

Any of you who are regular readers of my posts know that I have a slight (okay, maybe more than slight), obsession with the works of Roberto Bolano. They’ll also know that Bolano died tragically young after a long illness, and they might even pine along with me, on occasion, over the writing that could have been, had Bolano lived a longer life.

2666-arc-publishers-note_ 2666 is Bolano’s unfinished masterpiece. It is hard to say how close he was to the final draft, but he had presented a manuscript to his publisher before he died.

There are those who would argue that The Savage Detectives is Bolano’s true masterpiece. I personally think both novels deserve the praise. 2666-arc-copy_

This is the advance review copy of the true first English language edition. It is in near fine condition, the only problem being very minor bumping to the corners. I think most sellers would list this book in fine condition.

This is a very unusual uncorrected proof with the rough brown cover and red lettering — it was made to match the slipcase of the boxed set which came out simultaneously with the true first hardcover edition. I have featured the boxed set in another post.

2666-arc-back_-cover_ These uncorrected proofs are fairly rare, but there are usually at least a couple for sale on-line at any given time.

There are three listed today. The price range is $60 to $200, based mainly on condition. I truly believe that these will be highly sought-after in the not so distant future, and if you can find one for under $100 in reasonable shape, now is the time to buy.

Note the interesting marketing information on the back cover. This novel would go on to win the National Book Critics Circle Award and Time magazine’s Best Book of the Year for 2008. It was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award, thanks to the excellent work of Natasha Wimmer.

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