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In this superb volume of criticism... Andrews, the English translator of ten of Bolaño's books, deftly analyzes the complex themes and narrative layers of Bolaño's fictional universe....An indispensable guide to navigating the rich world of Bolaño's fiction.

(Publishers Weekly)

Profusely documented and with a thorough bibliography, this full-length critical monograph is a great start to what will, one hopes, be a parade of analytical examinations of Bolaño's works.

(Library Journal)

Written in a clear and engaging style, Robert Bolaño's Fiction offers an invaluable understanding of one of the most important authors of the last thirty years.

(Biblioklept)

[An] elegantly written literary analysis.

(Lisa Locascio Salon)

A sharp and accessible guide to the literary style and narrative skills of this amazing novelist.

(Sacramento News and Review)

Andrews is not only the leading translator of Bolaño's work into English but also one of the leading scholars of Bolaño's fiction.

(CHOICE)

Andrews's book... is an ambitious and insightful take on what is sure to be an exciting area of study in the coming years.

(Rain Taxi)

[Andrews] examines Bolaño's 'fiction-making system' and ethical patterns with graceful, accessible erudition. The analysis of Bolaño's techniques helps us not only to understand our experience of reading him but also to fathom the writers he resonates with.

(Lorna Scott Fox Times Literary Supplement)

Chris Andrews writes very fine prose... This book isn't just a translator's homage to his author (Andrews's affection for Bolano is obvious but does not interfere with his analysis) but an exceptional work of scholarship.

(The Australian)

The most important contribution to this field of scholarship. The singularity of Andrews's book lies in its sophisticated and subtle reading of Bolano's opus as a whole... Superbly written and meticulously researched.

(Australian Book Review)

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Roberto Bolaño's Fiction is an engaging, original, and thoroughly successful attempt to interpret Roberto Bolaño's entire corpus of fiction. The questions Chris Andrews raises about ethics and the relationship of literature to life are timely and should appeal to a range of readers.

(Ignacio López-Vicuña, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Vermont)

An amazing introduction to an amazing writer, touching upon all that makes Roberto Bolaño great: the romantic anarchism of his politics, the playfulness of his fiction, and the obsession with evil.

(Siddhartha Deb, author of The Beautiful and the Damned)

This book is a rare thing: a work of literary criticism that exhibits the very qualities it praises in the texts it analyzes. Chris Andrews's writing, like Roberto Bolaño's, expands horizons, opens up remarkable possibilities, sings like an angel, makes new and unexpected connections, quietly understates its immense erudition, and offers a ride through a 'utopia of unending narration' that is thrillingly free of obfuscation, lip service, sanctimony, grandiosity, and boredom.

(Esther Allen, coeditor of In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (July 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231168063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231168069
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Terence S. on September 18, 2014
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Good technical review of Bolano's writing.
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