My First Blog Giveaway: Roberto Bolaño’s Monsieur Pain

I have an extra brand-new, hardbound, New Directions edition of Roberto Bolaño’s Monsieur Pain, and I’d like to give it away blog style.

That is, if you want to be in the drawing to win, please just say so in a comment below. Will ship worldwide. I will conduct a drawing that considers all comments made before Monday, March 1, noon (according to the time recorded with your comment — so that’s 11:59 a.m. comment time and 10:59 a.m. EST).

Now, I might not conduct the drawing at 11:59 a.m. comment time, but when I have a winner I will email him or her and announce it in a comment below.

When I reviewed Monsieur Pain, I said, “For those of you who have been interested in but wary of Roberto Bolaño, you might find a friendly meeting place (more friendly than, say, 2666, which was my meeting place) in Monsieur Pain.” For those of you who have read and enjoyed Bolaño, you don’t need me to tell you to enter this drawing.

For those of you who have never left comments before, I have to approve your first comment on my blog — my way of stopping the spam that slips through. After I’ve approved you once, any later comments do not need to be moderated. Getting this little moderation-step out of the way is a good thing, because I’d like to ask the winner to return here and leave his or her thoughts on the book (or a link to his or her thoughts, if written elsewhere).

33 thoughts on “My First Blog Giveaway: Roberto Bolaño’s Monsieur Pain

  1. Okay, sign me up! I am currently reading Bolaño’s “Last Evenings on Earth” and I’m consistently finding that his shorter works are more interesting to me than his longer ones (I did make it all the way through “2666” last summer). Anyway, I’ve been curious about “Monsieur Pain” because it’s one of his shorter novels. I’m ready for another (small) dose of Bolaño.

    Thanks for doing this drawing!

  2. i would like a chance to take that copy off your hands please. how does this work? will commenting more than once increase our chances of ‘winning’?

    anyway, yeah, sign me up too. thank you very much!

  3. I would love to win this-have read 2666, Savage Detectives, Nazi Literature in the Americas and One Night in Chile-thanks for offering the giveaway

  4. His more overwhelming tomes are sitting on a friend’s shelf, and said friend keeps telling me I should read them. But. They’re fat. And scary.

    Please enter me in the draw for this “friendlier” Bolaño. :)

  5. Trevor, I’m one of many who you describe as “wary of diving into Bolano”. But I’m ready, please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  6. It’s sad that a writer like Bolaño was given the tremendous acclaim he richly deserved posthumously. I am about to start 2666’s 1,100 staggering pages and I am really determined to finish his most famous work with much conviction. So far I have read The Savage Detectives, and was completely blown away. That said, I’m really craving for more Bolaño writing!! His writing never ceases to amaze me. Count me in please!

  7. I’ve never had an extra new book.

    It’s true that this book is extra brand new — it didn’t even get handled by an intermediary book salesman, which would have dropped it to simply brand new.

    And way to be confident — and way to give the hard work to your wife!

  8. Please include me. I haven’t read him yet but have been curious, based on comments here and elsewhere. Thanks!

  9. Alright entrants! There are 25 of you, and I’m just about to do the random number thing on I thought you’d like to read this as I’m doing it.

    Numbers 1 through 25. Click the “Generate” button.

    And it’s:

    #18: christine!

    Congrats, christine. I’ll be sending you an email to collect your address, and Monsieur Pain will be on its way.

    Thanks to all for joining. And, this wasn’t planned, but it turns out I also have two copies of Amulet, so be on the lookout for my next Bolaño giveaway.

  10. In the manner of a Bolaño story, Christine will have disappeared by now and you’ll need to travel to Bolivia to track her down. There you will fall in with a couple of ex-wrestlers and a starving prostitute. Thanks in advance for going through all the trouble, Trevor.

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