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Putas Asesinas (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – September 15, 2007
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Elogios para Roberto Bolaño y Putas asesinas
“No hay morbosidad retórica en la desolación de estos cuentos, ni exquisitez literaria en sus
referencias a la literatura, ni voluntad de sorprender en las sorprendentes situaciones que viven sus personajes, ni humor gratuito en las divertidas peripecias, ni lirismo en la intensidad poética de las emociones y de la geografía. Y esta realidad desconcertante y desoladora se apoya en una imaginación que le permite todo tipo de sorpresas y desplazamientos para apuntar siempre a lo verdadero, al arte limpio de todo artificio”. —J. A. Masoliver Ródenas, Letras Libres
“Casi todos los escritores creen ser, o quieren ser, como Roberto Bolaño: innovadores y audaces en el estilo, seductores en la narración, y capaces de ser leídos y releídos; en otras palabras, excepcionales”. —S. B. Wilson, The Quarterly Conversation
“Uno de los más grandes e influyentes escritores contemporáneos”. —The New York Times
“Consigue fácilmente lo que otros escritores apenas han tocado: hablar sobre el destino de
las vanguardias estéticas y políticas después del fin de la utopía humana”. —Andreas Breitenestein
“Uno de los autores más respetadose influyentes de su generación [...]. Al mismo tiempo divertido y, en cierto sentido, intensamente aterrador”. —John Banville, The Nation --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Roberto Bolano (Chile, 1953-2003). Uno de los escritores latinoamericanos imprescindibles de nuestro tiempo. Premio Herralde de Novela. Premio Municipal Santiago de Chile. Premio Romulo Gallegos. Premio Ciudad de Barcelona. Premio Salambo. Premio Fundacion Lara.
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Particularly in this collection, we see Bolaño's masterful skills as a short fiction writer. In "Últimos atardeceres en la tierra," a story that could be put in the tradition of Borges' "El sur," a father and a son travel to Acapulco and the trip becomes a descent into hell. What does this mean? It means that, just like Dahlmann's trip into the immense Argentine pampas, the pampas plagued by violent gauchos and "cuchilleros," the father and the son descend into a world of vagabonds, tramps and knife-fighters (notice the direct reference and re-writing of Borges' tale.)
In another story that I find particularly appealing, "Buba," Bolaño sets out to write/rewrite in the recent tradition of soccer fiction. (It is no coincidence that the story is dedicated to the great Mexican writer Juan Villoro.) What Bolaño narrates in this story is something similar to what he narrated in Los detectives salvajes: the universe of the Latin American youth (here, two soccer players; in The Savage Detectives, two poets) that is completely lost in the European continent and in the entire world. A youth that has lost its direction and its balance. A balance that could only be restored by recurring to the original values: in this case, a Brazilian magician/witch.
Back to the beginning. Bolaño's stories are so important within his oeuvre because they play with the Spanish American literary tradition with just the same mastery (and playfulness) as do his most ambitious novels. This is why they should be read as yet another testament of Roberto Bolaño's literary greatness.
You will be surprised then, when the book turns out to be a delightful collection of interesting, humorous stories, likely to become a classic of Spanish fiction.
The "x-rated" title is taken from one of the stories in this collection, a beautiful, lyric, impressionist tale.(No, prurience there.) He also tells stories about failed and successful artists, vacationing filial couples, with a strong taste for iguana meat (You will have to figure that one yourselves), a woman who teaches in a rural governmental poetry school and satisfies her artistic needs listening to a Mexican Rancheras radio station. (If you wonder what these type of music is, think of a mariachi singing solo, heart-crushing songs in loud tenor (alto)voice--(not poetic--not much.). And he writes of displaced Chileans with personal and ingenious political ideologies, one of which suffers from "bibliographic dementia" and confuses Marx with Che Guevara,also of a self-anointed politician who radiates moonlight, and of "Buba" the magnificent, enchanted African soccer player, and more. I would be remiss if I didn't tell about a story which gives 69 reasons not to dance with Pablo Neruda (Chilean Nobel Laureate poet).
Hope you will agree, this is a classic creation. Enjoy!