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The Return Hardcover – July 29, 2010
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The first story, a Soviet Union story about a man who reluctantly works for an old friend, has twists and turns, and is even creepy, in a subtle sort of way. These stories contain his usual kinds of characters: poets, detectives, pimps and prostitutes, and even characters from his novels (including Lalo Cura and Amalfitano from 2666.)
Granted, like Last Evenings on Earth, some of the stories pale in comparison to the others, but it also has stories that explore new ground for Bolano, such as the title story. I knew from the opening line:
"I have good news and bad news. The good news is that there is a life (of a kind) after this life. The bad news is that Jean-Claude Villeneuve is a necrophiliac."
..that it was going to be great, and it was.
If you loved Last Evenings on Earth, I can't imagine you'll be disappointed.
If you're new to Bolano, I'd spend a little less money and get Last Evenings on Earth or Amulet, but this collection is certainly worth reading.
Bolaño jumps around the globe for new locations in this collection: he begins with a story in Moscow ('Snow") about the involvement with the narrator and a female high jumper who the narrator is to court for an obese criminal but ends up....never give away Bolaño's endings, another tale from Amalfitano about a strange Andalusian in Russia whose lack of understanding of languages poses problems, to Chile and Spain, and Southern California. His characters range from misfits, to a man who dies and becomes a ghost only to observe his body transported from a morgue to the mansion of a wealthy designer who just happens to be a necrophiliac, to a porn star working in Venice, California making movies until she discovers her hero from the past -'Jack' Holmes (an obvious play on the famous mightily endowed porn star John Holmes) who is fading away from AIDS, to an encounter between an athlete and a prostitute that is rich with messages of human communication. And of course much more.
Throughout this selection of thirteen stories Bolaño (with the help of Andrews) entertains, shocks, makes us laugh, and most of all makes us marvel at his command of the art of writing. This is a magnificent collection, another great book in the legacy of Roberto Bolaño. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, July 10
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What did you like about Bolano's imagery, the flow of unconscious action with short simple heavy deep and real imagination blending like rain dripping from a large tree growing... Read morePublished 13 months ago by T. M. Leonard
Unless he intended it to be that way, the story "detectives" is missing pages. NOT COOL GUYS. Also, the table of contents is not linked in the bookmarks page. Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Hermes Trismestigus