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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: Udo Berger is the German national champion of The Third Reich, a tactical WWII-themed board game seemingly designed to reveal the worst in self-absorbed obsessives like Udo. Even while on vacation at the lush Spanish resort of Costa Brava, Udo is unable to tear himself away from a game he's begun with a beach worker. He ignores his girlfriend as she goes off to enjoy the company of Charly and Hanna, another German couple that can be counted among the many people Udo cannot stand. When Charly goes missing, Udo shows little interest, choosing instead to plot the conquering movements of his army tokens as they march across a hexagonally divided map of Europe.
It may not be the best introduction for new readers of the late Chilean author Roberto Bolano, but fans of his biggest works, such as his international breakout The Savage Detectives or the posthumous five-volume epic 2666, will see familiar elements and themes in The Third Reich. Bolano draws a fine line between memory and reality, but blurs them in the final pages, as the novel slowly drifts from realism to a nightmarish fever dream--leaving readers with an ending that is ambiguous yet haunting. --Kevin Nguyen--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Think Kafka at a beach resort…For those who like their literature to make them look with fear and suspicion at even the most mundane events, The Third Reich is calling."---The Cleveland Plain Dealer"Bolaño is a master of atmosphere...in the tradition of Georges Simenon’s gloomy romans durs...or the tightly controlled hallucinations of Alain Robbe-Grillet."---The Wall Street Journal"A brilliant first novel…all the more remarkable for its prescience."---The New Republic
More compact than Bolaño's last two novels (which were 700+ and 900+ pages, respectively), but it holds its own and could even serve as part of a larger narrative that will... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Gordon
It was quite different from what I expected. I have never read any of Bolano's novels and this was a good one to start with. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cheryl J. Leslie
Udo Berger, the German champion of the war game "Third Reich", holidays in Spain with his girlfriend. Read morePublished 18 months ago by An admirer of Saul
Good novel by this Spanish novelist who died in 2003. The novel is about a young German couple who is on vacation in Spain in the 1980s. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John
I enjoyed this book as my own introduction to Bolano's work, but would not recommend this one except "For Completists Only," as stated by Giles Harvey. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SubCryptic
One more surprise from Bolano's. A fast, intriguing prose with the game world as a background for developing interesting characters.Published 21 months ago by A. Coutinho
very well written. a must for the beginning and seasoned latin american writing readers. a definite must for any library.Published 23 months ago by Caroline Heroux
Thank you so much for the product. For my roommates birthday, I bought her this series of books and she loved them. Have a great new year!Published 24 months ago by Jeffrey Glitt
This is a challenging work by a Chilean writer presented in the form of a diary kept by a German tourist on a package tour holiday in Spain which goes horribly wrong. Read morePublished 24 months ago by John Fitzpatrick