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Published
Nueva York : Vintage Español 2009, c2004.
Edition
1a ed. Vintage Español
Language
Spanish
Physical Description
1125 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780307475954
0307475956
Main Author
Roberto Bolaño, 1953-2003 (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

STARWhen this book was first published in 2004, it provoked an earthquake in the Spanish-speaking literary world. Hailed as Bolano's posthumous masterpiece (he died the year before), it canonized him as one of Latin America's greatest writers. Last year's English-language translation and that of Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives) in 2006 propelled the Chilean author into the international pantheon of literature. Recalling The Savage Detectives, this novel starts with a search: four European critics hope to find an obscure German author called Benno Von Archimboldi. From then on, all hell breaks loose. Five different sections (which Bolano had planned to publish as separate novels) move through different times and places, from northern Mexico to the United States and Europe during World War II. Along the way, the author chillingly evokes the murders of women in Ciudad Juarez, here featured as the fictional town of Santa Teresa. For years, before dying of an illness that he knew was incurable, Bolano stared death in the face while conjuring an explosion of inventiveness and humor. Little can be said to prepare the reader for the experience of reading this book. Even spoilers are meaningless. No, the critics don't find Archimboldi. No, the murders are not solved. And no, it's impossible to figure out what the novel is actually about (critics will surely argue about it for decades to come). It doesn't matter. This should be required reading for anybody interested in modern Latin American literature. [The English translation won the National Book Critic Circle's Fiction Award for 2008 and was a New York Times Best Book of the Year. This is the first affordable paperback from a U.S. publisher.-Ed.]-Carlos Rodriguez Martorell, East Elmhurst, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Four European scholars, interested in obscure novelist Benno von Archimboldi's works, look for him in the northern Mexico border city Santa Teresa. [Page 38]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student interact in an urban community on the U.S.-Mexico border where hundreds of young factory workers have disappeared.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Uno de los 10 libros del año del New York Times Book ReviewCuatro académicos tras la pista de un enigmático escritor alemán; un periodista de Nueva York en su primer trabajo en México; un filósofo viudo; un detective de policía enamorado de una esquiva mujer —estos son algunos de los personajes arrastrados hasta la ciudad fronteriza de Santa Teresa, donde en la última década han desaparecido cientos de mujeres.Publicada póstumamente, la última novela de Roberto Bolaño no sólo es su mejor obra y una de las mejores del siglo XXI, sino uno de esos excepcionales libros que trascienden a su autor y a su época para formar parte de la literatura universal.ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONA NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNERNew York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2008 Time Magazine's Best Book of 2008 Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2008 San Francisco Chronicle's 50 Best Fiction Books of 2008 Seattle Times Best Books of 2008 New York Magazine Top Ten Books of 2008 Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman--these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.In the words of The Washington Post, "With 2666, Roberto Bolaño joins the ambitious overachievers of the twentieth-century novel, those like Proust, Musil, Joyce, Gaddis, Pynchon, Fuentes, and Vollmann, who push the novel far past its conventional size and scope to encompass an entire era, deploying encyclopedic knowledge and stylistic verve to offer a grand, if sometimes idiosyncratic, summation of their culture and the novelist's place in it. Bolaño has joined the immortals."