“Exquisite . . . another unlikely masterpiece, as sui generis as all his books so far. manages to honor genre conventions while simultaneously exploding them, creating a work of intense and unrealized longing.” — Wyatt Mason (The New York Times Book Review)
“This is pure Bolaño.” — The Texas Observer
“There is much intensity at work, although leavens the melancholy of exile with an interest in the uncanny and a knack for the surrealist image.” — Siddhartha Deb (Times Literary Supplement)
Author of 2666 and many other acclaimed works, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain. He has been acclaimed “by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” (Ilan Stavans, The Los Angeles Times),” and as “the real thing and the rarest” (Susan Sontag). Among his many prizes are the extremely prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. He was widely considered to be the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry, before dying in July 2003 at the age of 50.
The poet Chris Andrews has translated many books by Roberto Bolaño and César Aira for New Directions.
A haunting novel by the much-acclaimed, late Roberto Bolano. A cast of characters from both sides of the tracks assemble in a coastal resort town in Spain. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by James W. Fonseca
Like in other Bolano's books, this keeps the mystery until the very end, while having a very contemporary-day story.. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Mayo
I would consider myself a huge Roberto Bolano fan, and I did not encounter the Skating Rink until after I'd read 2666, the Savage Detectives, By Night in Chile, Nazi Literature in... Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Chris
The thing I liked most about this book was its form. The chapters alternate between the three main characters, and unfold in first person, as if each character were telling his... Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Julie W. Capell
A little dark, but fascinating. Shows how politics and matters of the heart can become so intertwined that clear thinking goes out the window.Published on June 24, 2010 by Catadiana
Anyone who has enjoyed the roman durs works of George Simenon will be entranced by this early Bolano "mystery" novel. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by John Sollami
I chose this book for our bookclub as it was well reviewed and fairly short. I was looking for something that was not too popular and yet would inspire coversation. Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by Thomas C. Cosner
I tried to read this three different times but gave up. I could not follow the characters. The plot obscure and devoid of cultural anchors. Who are these people? Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by DB from DC