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).

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By | 2016-06-08T17:01:52+00:00 February 24th, 2010|Categories: Giveaway|Tags: |33 Comments


  1. Joe February 24, 2010 at 1:07 am

    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. chiles samaniego February 24, 2010 at 2:28 am

    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. Mel u February 24, 2010 at 2:57 am

    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. Sasha February 24, 2010 at 3:40 am

    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. Lee Monks February 24, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Yes please, Trevor! I love Bolano so please enter me in the draw.

  6. Andre February 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Sign me in please!

  7. Wilson Knut February 24, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I would love to get this!

  8. Trevor February 24, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Sorry chiles, only one entry per person will be considered — Good luck!

  9. brent February 24, 2010 at 10:29 am

    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!

  10. Adrian February 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    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!

  11. Stujallen February 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    i ve read couple of bolanos have couple more on shelves would love this one to join it enter me please

  12. Louise February 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Ooh! Me please! I just finished 2666

  13. Ben Cope February 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve never had an extra new book. Can’t wait to win it.

  14. Ben Cope February 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Jodi Will of course be doing the review.

  15. Trevor February 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    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!

  16. Teddy February 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Would be a nice hardback on the shelf:-)

  17. Paul February 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    would love to be entered, love your blog. thanks

  18. lena February 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    yes yes yes –

    but more importantly – thank you.

  19. Seoman February 25, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Read Distant Star and The Romantic Dogs by Bolano. Excellent stuff. Could you please enter me in your competition? Thanks.

  20. Trevor February 25, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I’d like to thank everyone who has entered the drawing — so far! Good luck!

  21. Ronak M Soni February 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Me! Me! Me! Me!

  22. christine February 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I have always been curious about this author! Please count me in.

  23. jimmy February 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    sign me up

  24. Nena February 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Me Too!

  25. Colette Jones February 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Count me in – I checked and it’s a short one!

  26. claire February 26, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Yes, please! Loved 2666. Want to read more. Thanks, Trevor!

  27. Nick February 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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

  28. Pati M February 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    hello! Please include me in the drawing. Thank you.

  29. Sarah February 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Me, please!

  30. Trevor March 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Alright entrants! There are 25 of you, and I’m just about to do the random number thing on random.org. 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.

  31. Joe March 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    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.

  32. Trevor March 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Hah! Thanks for the well-wishing Joe! Please set someone on my ellusive trail if I you notice I’m missing.

  33. christine March 2, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you so much! I am truly excited!

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