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Bolano has joined the immortals.

A once-in-a-blue-moon rhapsodic reading experience. --Johnathan Lethem

Bola o has joined the immortals.

Bola o was no political pamphleteer. And yet his characters' angst and desires play out against the canvas of history. With his raw, barely controlled emotions, and a talent for mining the pathos, beauty, and even humor amid the horror of ordinary life, his fiction soared. --Mac Margolis (04/16/2012)

Bola o succeeds in conjuring the unknowable empty spaces that an obsessive mind can imagine into the private lives of others.

Poetry is dangerous; that's the message.

Bolano was no political pamphleteer. And yet his characters' angst and desires play out against the canvas of history. With his raw, barely controlled emotions, and a talent for mining the pathos, beauty, and even humor amid the horror of ordinary life, his fiction soared. --Mac Margolis (04/16/2012)

One of those rare writers who write for a future time. We have only begun to appreciate his strange, oblique genius. --John Banville"

Bolano succeeds in conjuring the unknowable empty spaces that an obsessive mind can imagine into the private lives of others. "

About the Author

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 teaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where he is a member of the Writing and Society Research Center. He has translated books by Roberto Bolaño and César Aira for New Directions.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions; First Edition edition (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811218155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811218153
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger Brunyate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Roberto Bolaño died in 2003, at the age of 50. The author of BY NIGHT IN CHILE, THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES, and 2666 was a towering genius, no question about it. But the posthumous publications even of geniuses can be disappointing; the recent THIRD REICH, for example, while still uniquely his, lacked the sheer intensity of his greatest works. So I had limited expectations of this collection of stories and fragments garnered from his computer files.

But how wrong I was! Partly because with stories and fragments you do not expect either the range or the embrace of a masterpiece like 2666. But mainly because, despite the enormous length of his most famous books, Bolaño had been developing a style that relied increasingly on what was NOT said, breaking off the narrative abruptly at the approach of evil -- what his editor, Ignacio Etchevarría, calls his "poetics of inconclusiveness." It means that even fragments can have an ominous suggestive power, and there is no way of knowing whether such a fragment is not, in fact, complete.
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If you enjoyed 2666, The Savage Detectives, or By Night in Chile, don't automatically assume you're going to find anything of interest to you in this posthumous scrap heap.

If, however, you were bowled over by the aforementioned texts, and ventured beyond them to be further bowled over by Amulet, Distant Star, Nazi Literature in the Americas, Last Evenings on Earth, Between Parentheses, et cetera, then you'll more than likely be satisfied with what the editors have dug up for us with The Secret of Evil, an insignificant but, for the Bolano obsessive, ultimately fascinating assemblage of oddities and false starts. For those of us who, having come to the end of Bolano's published novels and short story collections, still are frantic for him, this is a nifty grab bag of pieces heavily saturated with the man's tell-tale style. It is no substiture for his great works, and won't do for you what Amulet did, or Last Evenings on Earth did, but as a way of staving off the inevitable, it works well.
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Roberto Bolaño died in 2003, at the age of 50. The author of BY NIGHT IN CHILE, THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES, and 2666 was a towering genius, no question about it. But the posthumous publications even of geniuses can be disappointing; the recent THIRD REICH, for example, while still uniquely his, lacked the sheer intensity of his greatest works. So I had limited expectations of this collection of stories and fragments garnered from his computer files.

But how wrong I was! Partly because with stories and fragments you do not expect either the range or the embrace of a masterpiece like 2666. But mainly because, despite the enormous length of his most famous books, Bolaño had been developing a style that relied increasingly on what was NOT said, breaking off the narrative abruptly at the approach of evil -- what his editor, Ignacio Etchevarría, calls his "poetics of inconclusiveness." It means that even fragments can have an ominous suggestive power, and there is no way of knowing whether such a fragment is not, in fact, complete.
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By AguaViva on January 21, 2013
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This has some of Bolaño's wriest writing, albeit incomplete. I prefer reading his work in Spanish, of which he is the ultimate master, but the English translations here are so good that I actually feel like I'm reading in Spanish!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is not a book of unfinished stories, but stories in development, in motion. This is what makes it an excellent book into how Bolano developed stories. Having just read Last Evenings just before this, it is clear these are unfinished and require polishing to bring them up to publishable standard. I can see places where the stories would be expanded and filled out, but are not. The only reason I gave it 4 is because these are not final stories.
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