Books by Natasha Wimmer

WOES OF THE TRUE POLICEMAN by Roberto Bolaño
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Nevermind the lack of a resolution. The robust affirmation that the pursuit of literature is ennobling is sufficient recompense."
The much admired Chilean writer's final, unfinished novel is a seductive grab bag filled with the mysteries of sexuality and literature.  Read full book review >
THE THIRD REICH by Roberto Bolaño
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A sluggish novel that gives few indications of the extraordinary work to come. "
From the acclaimed Chilean novelist (1953-2003), a recently discovered 1989 novel; this enigmatic look at power though the prism of war games is on a smaller scale than the two sprawling works that secured his reputation: The Savage Detectives (2007) and 2666 (2008).  Read full book review >
REDEEMERS by Enrique Krauze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

Accessible roundup of the evolution of modern Latin American political thought via the lives and convictions of key leaders and writers.

Mexican journalist and editor Krauze (Mexico: Biography of Power, 1997, etc.) shapes his work through an engaging mixture of biography and historical currents in the style of Isaiah Berlin or Edmund Wilson, thus allowing lay readers to follow what can sometimes be for the English reader a dizzying succession of revolutions, doctrine and caudillos. The author proceeds more or less chronologically, from the late 19th century to the present, from the lives of four prophets—the four Josés (Martí, Rodó, Vasconcelos and Mariátegui) through poet Octavio Paz, popular icons Eva Perón and Che Guevara, novelists Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa and present-day Venezuelan hero à la Bolivar, Hugo Chávez. Read full book review >

2666 by Roberto Bolaño
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Unquestionably the finest novel of the present century—and we may be saying the same thing 92 years from now."
Life and art, death and transfiguration reverberate with protean intensity in the late (1953-2003) Chilean author's final work: a mystery and quest novel of unparalleled richness. Read full book review >
THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES by Roberto Bolaño
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 3, 2007

"One of the most entertaining books about writers and their discontents since Boswell's Life of Johnson. A brilliant novel, fully deserving of its high international reputation."
The search for a missing poet is the nominal subject of the late (1953-2003) expatriate Chilean author's blazingly original 1998 masterpiece. Read full book review >
DELIRIUM by Laura Restrepo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"After the treacly The Angel of Galilea (1998) and the acrid Leopard in the Sun (1999), you never know what you'll get from Restrepo. Delirium is one of her better books."
A prominent Colombian family's degradation and undoing mirror their country's victimization by murderous drug lords in this ambitious novel, the author's sixth in English translation. Read full book review >
KENSINGTON GARDENS by Rodrigo Fresán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2006

"Hook's voice is at once seductive and frantic; the feverish, hallucinatory quality of the prose makes the book hard to resist. "
Dark-hearted, sinuously plotted journey into the world of children's literature. Read full book review >
THE WAY TO PARADISE by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"It's hard to believe, but Vargas Llosa just keeps getting better. What are the Swedes waiting for?"
With matchless empathy and insight, the great Peruvian author analyzes two contrasting quests for the ideal. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF PASSION by Mario Vargas Llosa
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2003

"Vargas Llosa's many admirers will share that pleasure with this fine collection."
Reviews, travel journalism, and assorted feuilletons from the noted Peruvian novelist (The Feast of the Goat, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A YOUNG NOVELIST by Mario Vargas Llosa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A fine addition to an important body of work that looks more and more Nobel-worthy as the years pass."
Sharp insights abound in this gathering of 11 closely related essays on fictional technique and the attitudes underlying it, by the eminent Peruvian-born author of such contemporary classics as Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1982) and The Feast of the Goat (2001). Read full book review >