2666 Part 4

2666 Read-Along — Part 4: The Part about the Crimes

Every life, Epifanio said that night to Lalo Cura, no matter how happy it is, ends in pain and suffering. That depends, said Lalo Cura. Depends on what, champ? On lots of things, said Lalo Cura. Say you’re shot in the back of the head, for example, and you don’t…

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2666 Read-Along — Part 3: The Part about Fate

After some deep and illuminating conversations about the first two parts thanks to all our fellow readers, it’s time to continue the 2666 read-along with this post on Part 3: The Part about Fate. Please come on in and let us know your thoughts! Read the full post.

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2666 Read-Along — Part 2: The Part about Amalfitano

Lee and Trevor (and many of you!) continue the 2666 read-along with this post on Part 2: The Part about Amalfitano. Please come on in and let us know your thoughts! Read the full post.

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2666 Read-Along — Part 1: The Part about the Critics

Lee and Trevor kick-off the 2666 read-along with this post on Part 1: The Part about the Critics. Please come on in and let us know your thoughts! Read the full post.

* I am grateful to Corey Goldberg, who took the original photograph of the weathered cherub (see it on his Tumblr here) and gave me permission to use in this artwork. ~Trevor

Roberto Bolaño: By Night in Chile (reread)

Lee and Trevor reread Roberto Bolano’s By Night in Chile in preparation for the read-along of 2666. Read the full post.

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Roberto Bolaño: A Little Lumpen Novelita

Trevor reviews Roberto Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita, which is apparently the last, the final, Bolaño novel we will be getting. Read the full post.

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Read-along: Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

Trevor and Lee are hosting a readalong of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, a book they’ve both read and have not been able to shake. Not that this will help. Read the full post and learn about the readalong.

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Chris Andrews: Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe

Chris Andrews, who has translated ten of Roberto Bolaño’s books into English, has just graced us with an in-depth critical analysis of Bolaño’s fiction, Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe, just out from Columbia University Press. Trevor, a fan of both Bolaño and Andrews, offers his presumably biased thoughts. Read the full post.

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Roberto Bolaño: “Mexican Manifesto”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Roberto Bolaño’s “Mexican Manifesto” (tr. from the Spanish by Laura Healy) was originally published in the April 22, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Trevor Reading “new” fiction by Roberto Bolaño is problematic. From what I know (which isn’t much), now that we’ve…

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Roberto Bolaño: The Secret of Evil

I know that there is some criticism toward publishing anything we can find written by Roberto Bolaño.  The most recent, The Secret of Evil (El secreto del mal, 2007; tr. from the Spanish by Chris Andrews, with Natasha Wimmer, 2012) is actually composed of some stories and sketches (many obviously incomplete) found on…

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Roberto Bolaño: “Labyrinth”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.  Roberto Bolaño’s “Labyrinth” was originally published in the January 23, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I’m a big fan of Roberto Bolaño, though it didn’t come easy.  My first encounter with the now legendary writer was in…

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Roberto Bolaño: Between Parentheses

I’m a little late in bringing up the latest Roberto Bolaño book, Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998 – 2003 (Entre parentesis, 2004; tr. by Natasha Wimmer, 2011).  It came out earlier this year, and beyond the first week after its release I haven’t really heard much about it.  I’m behind in getting…

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Roberto Bolaño: Antwerp

Most of Bolaño’s New Directions book covers are similar in style.  I’ve liked them.  However, because Antwerp (Amberes, 2002; tr. from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer, 2010) looked so different, I’ve been more excited to read it.  It arrived in a coverless hardback, small-sized and well designed, simple and bold.  It suggests…

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Roberto Bolaño: “The Prefiguration of Lalo Cura”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Roberto Bolaño’s “The Prefiguration of Lalo Cura” was originally published in the April 19, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. I can already hear several of you gritting your teeth at seeing another Roberto Bolaño story…

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Roberto Bolaño: “William Burns”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Roberto Bolaño’s “William Burns” was originally published in the February 8, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. This week I’ve beat Colette to the punch! My copy of The New Yorker came on Monday (for two weeks in…

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Roberto Bolaño: Monsieur Pain

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 (1999; tr. from the Spanish by Chris Andrews, 2010).  This is one of Bolaño’s earliest works — that’s not to say…

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Roberto Bolaño: Distant Star

It’s been a few months since I read anything by Bolaño, but every time I finish a book my first urge is to pick up another of his.  The only reason I don’t is for the sake of variety and to make sure I can have some Bolaño left for…

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Roberto Bolaño: The Skating Rink

After experiencing a wonderful connection with Bolaño in By Night in Chile I was excited to receive a copy of his next book to be translated into English: The Skating Rink (La Pista de Hielo, 1993; tr. from the Spanish by Chris Andrews, 2009).  And now that I’ve finished that, though…

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Roberto Bolaño: By Night in Chile

I’m getting on better with Roberto Bolaño now than I was before.  By that I mean that I am converted.  After finding 2666 a brilliantly written mess and Nazi Literature in the Americas a horrific human mess (again, brilliantly written), I wanted to go back and read the first of his…

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Roberto Bolaño: Nazi Literature in the Americas

Over the Christmas holiday last year I read Roberto Bolaño’s 2666.  I wrote a review that balances on the negative side because it just didn’t come together for me—at all.  The over-the-top praise surely didn’t help me going in to the book.  That said, taking 2666 by its pieces, I loved it.  The writing was…