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“An utterly unique achievement--a modern epic rich in character and event. . . . [He is] the most important writer to emerge from Latin America since García Márquez.” ―San Francisco Chronicle

“My favorite writer . . . The Savage Detectives is an ark bearing all the strange salvage of poetry and youth from catastrophes past and those yet to come.” ―Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love

The Savage Detectives is deeply satisfying. . . . Bolaño's book throws down a great, clunking, formal gauntlet to his readers' conventional expectations. . . . A very good novel.” ―Thomas McGonigle, Los Angeles Times

“One of the most respected and influential writers of [his] generation . . . At once funny and vaguely, pervasively, frightening.” ―John Banville, The Nation

“A bizarre and mesmerizing novel . . . It's a lustful story--lust for sex, lust for self, lust for the written word.” ―Esquire

“Roberto Bolaño's masterwork, at last translated into English, confirms this Chilean's status as Latin America's literary enfant terrible.” ―Vogue

“Combustible . . . A glittering, tumbling diamond of a book . . . When you are done with this book, you will believe there is no engine more powerful than the human voice.” ―Emily Carter Roiphe, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“An exuberantly sprawling, politically charged picaresque novel.” ―Elle

“Wildly enjoyable . . . Bolaño beautifully manages to keep his comedy and his pathos in the same family.” ―The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. His first full-length novel, The Savage Detectives, received the Herralde Prize and the Rómulo Gallegos Prize when it appeared in 1998. Roberto Bolaño died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.

Natasha Wimmer is a translator who has worked on Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, for which she was awarded the PEN Translation prize in 2009, and The Savage Detectives. She lives in New York.

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  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Paperback : 656 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312427484
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312427481
  • Dimensions : 5.69 x 1.16 x 8.27 inches
  • Publisher : Picador (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: : English
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