Search Results: "Roberto Bolaño"


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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 >

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BY NIGHT IN CHILE by Roberto Bolaño
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2003

"One of the great Latin American novels, in an exemplary translation. Not to be missed."
Moral weakness and political collusion are the subtly developed themes of this terse 2000 novel, a first US publication for the late, great Chilean author (1953-2003). Read full book review >

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A LITTLE LUMPEN NOVELITA by Roberto Bolaño
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A concise but welcome addition to a major writer's canon."
A modest fable, the final work by the Chilean master Bolaño (1953-2003) published in his lifetime, encompassing sex, theft and doing what's necessary to get by. Read full book review >

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2666 by Roberto Bolaño
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES by Roberto Bolaño
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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LAST EVENINGS ON EARTH by Roberto Bolaño
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2006

"Read Bolaño, and you'll understand what he means."
Exile, alienation and a fatalistic sense of the impermanence of human connections and relations dominate this collection of 14 stories written by the late (1953-2003), brilliant Chilean author. Read full book review >

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THE NERUDA CASE by Roberto Ampuero
Released: June 14, 2012

"While Ampuero depicts Neruda warts and all, he still clearly admires his complex and demanding humanness."
If the title sounds like something out of detective fiction, it is—for Ampuero asks us to consider the hypothetical possibility that Pablo Neruda, terminally ill, hires someone to track down a former lover. Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN MADMEN by Roberto Arlt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Undoubtedly a very influential book and, in its engagingly perverse way, a kind of masterpiece."
This new translation restores to English The Seven Madmen (paperback original $14.99; Mar.; 249 pp.; 1-85242-592-X): This new translation restores to English a classic (1929) Argentinian novel whose author (1900—42). the son of German immigrants, wryly memorialized the polyglot vitality of Buenos Aires as a menacing objective correlative of his own—and, by extension, modern man's—alienation and psychic disintegration. Read full book review >

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Tutta La Famigla by Roberto Gaglio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2013

"A complex story about where ambitions and love meet."
A romance between a peasant farmer and the landowner's daughter takes some unexpected turns in this tragedy that examines the conditions of tenant farmers on Italian wine-growing estates around the turn of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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War: A Crime Against Humanity by Roberto Vivo
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2015

"An important contribution to the study of both war and peace.
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A sweeping history of war and peace—and an impassioned call to choose the latter over the former. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO MY SON ON THE LOVE OF BOOKS by Roberto Cotroneo
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"An endearingly and unclassifiably odd book that will probably be misfiled in the 'Parenting' section of the bookstore shelf and overlooked by the general reader—unless its sheer weirdness makes it a cult favorite."
An Italian book reviewer invents a new genre: epistolary literary criticism for children. Read full book review >