THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM "ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS" (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)
Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of SantaTeresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.
Four years after his death from liver failure, Roberto Bolano burst into the English-speaking literary world with the 2007 translation of his sprawling tour de force, THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES. In 2008 came the translation of his posthumously published epic, 2666, which he wrote feverishly up until his death, and which exceeds even THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES in the ambition, scope, and complexity of its narrative structure. Made of up five interlocking novellas, 2666's plot swirls around a mysterious German novelist, Benno von Archimboldi, and his connection to a series of gruesome murders in an impoverished Mexican town. As poets and critics collide with boxers and Black Panthers in the desolation of the Sonora Desert, Bolano shows his rare ability to blend the literary puzzle-boxes of Borges--Bolano's literary hero--with gritty and quixotic adventure and crime stories. 2666 takes the kaleidoscopic insanity of contemporary literature and culture, and applies it to the globalized world--the result is a 21st-century masterpiece in the tradition of Don DeLillo's WHITE NOISE or David Foster Wallace's INFINITE JEST. The New York Times Book Review selected 2666 as one of its 10 Best Books of 2008, Publishers Weekly named it a Best Book of 2008, and it won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for best fiction.
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- September 1, 2009
- September 1, 2009
- Roberto Bolano