Roberto Bolano

The Insufferable Gaucho

Added on February 25, 2015

The Insufferable Gaucho Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2010 Scholars will be studying Bolano’s work far into the future — it is that revolutionary. Jim, the first story from this collection, at a mere two and a half pages, is transcendent. The essay Illness + Literature = Illness gives readers an insight into how [...]

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2666 — ARC

Added on 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 [...]

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Mexican Manifesto

Added on September 21, 2013

Mexican Manifesto Roberto Bolano New Yorker Magazine, New York, April 22, 2013 This story is the most recent of Bolano’s posthumously discovered works to be translated into English. It is a strange tale of a couple who frequent the bathhouses of Mexico City. The narrator of Mexican Manifesto, along with his female companion, prefer one [...]

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Woes of the True Policeman

Added on July 22, 2013

Woes of the True Policeman Roberto Bolano Hamish Hamilton, Canada, 2012 This is probably going to be the last of Bolano’s unfinished novels to be published. Bolano only had one novel published in English before his untimely death in 2003. Since then, his two masterworks, The Savage Detectives and 2666, have been translated into English, [...]

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The Third Reich

Added on February 20, 2013

The Third Reich Roberto Bolano The Paris Review, Volumes 196 – 199, New York, 2011 These four volumes of the Paris Review constitute the true first English language printing of The Third Reich. Bolano wrote this novel in 1989, but never published it during his lifetime. It was found amongst his papers after his death [...]

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By Night In Chile

Added on December 17, 2012

Roberto Bolano By Night in Chile The Harvill Press, U.K. 2003 This book is very intriguing to me. To start off with a slight aside, like many serious book collectors, I do not understand why advance readers copies are not more valuable than they usually are. Also called uncorrected proofs, or advance review copies, these [...]

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Amulet — ARC

Added on January 16, 2012

Amulet — ARC Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2006 Here is an advance review copy of Amulet, Bolano’s first short novel to come out in English after his epic masterpiece The Savage Detectives. It was originally published in Spain in 1999. The main character of Amulet appeared first in The Savage Detectives. From the [...]

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The Savage Detectives — ARC

Added on January 4, 2012

The Savage Detectives — ARC + reading copy Roberto Bolano Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 2007 Since I posted the British first edition on New Year’s Eve, I thought, for comparison’s sake, I would hurry up and showcase the U.S. edition — in this case, an advance readers copy and an 8th printing paperback. [...]

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The Savage Detectives

Added on December 30, 2011

The Savage Detectives Roberto Bolano Picador, London, 2007 Leaders of a poetry movement called ‘visceral realism’ set out in search of its originator, Cesarea Tinajero, an obscure poet, unheard of for a decade. This first large novel of Roberto Bolano’s, published in English four years after his untimely death at just 50 years old, is [...]

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The Return — ARC

Added on October 28, 2011

The Return — ARC Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2000 Here is the advance review copy of The Return, Bolano’s second book of short stories and his 11th book to be translated into English. From Publishers Weekly: ”The stories have a subdued quality, from underworld confessionals like ‘Snow’ and ‘Joanna Silvestri’ to tender reminiscences like [...]

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