2666: A Novel. Roberto Bolano
ISBN: 0312429215,9780312429218 | 912 pages | 23 Mb
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2666: A Novel Roberto Bolano
When Roberto Bolaño, a Chilean writer seemingly destine for a Nobel Prize had he not passed away so unjustly at the age of 50, chose to use Detroit as a setting in his near-universally acclaimed final novel 2666. Santa Teresa, in the state of Sonora, on the Mexican-U.S. Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives took the literary world by storm, and his latest posthumous release, 2666, is five times as long and ten times as ambitious. While a rose by any other name may well smell as sweet, the title of a book is most frequently inextricably linked to the nature and quality of the story contained within. By Roberto Bolaño (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) $30. And this is probably why, out of all the ‘books’ in 2666, I liked Book II best. He worked on his novel 2666 until his last days, which was finally published in 2004 after his death. When #occupygaddis was proposed on Twitter, I posted it to Facebook, where Pat suggested that J.R. Calling Roberto Bolano’s 2666 a novel is somewhat misleading. 2666 is a detective novel featuring a character from Savage Detectives as the narrator. Was all right and all, but if I wanted a real book, see, maybe I’d like to check out this Bolaño fellow with him. If the streets of Santa Teresa and the style of 2666 are anarchic and the epigraph refers to our corrosive modernity and its abuses of freedom and desires, then we can anticipate an even more sprawling post-modern novel. Certainly, it bears many attributes of a work of long fiction – memorable characters, richly evoked locations, abundant action, recurrent themes.