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Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe

So translator Chris Andrews wrote a book on Bolaño: Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe. I’m pretty excited for this one. Andrews is one smart guy, and he’s a fantastic translator who has been extremely close to a number to Bolaño’s best novels. Show More Summary

Our Stonecutters

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Stonecutter. In the most recent issue, you’ll find our own Lydia Kiesling’s essay on cigarettes and literature; in Issue #2, you’ll find Mark O’Connell discussing Roberto Bolaño’s Between Parentheses. You read that correctly: 50% of all Stonecutter issues feature Millions staffers.

Chris Andrews Q & A

In the Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) Tina Edward Gunawardhana has a Q & A with Chris Andrews -- translator of several books by Roberto Bolaño, as well as books by authors such as César Aira (such as Varamo) and most recently Severina by Rodrigo Rey Rosa.

Happy Birthday, Roberto Bolano

4 months agoOdd : The Hairpin

by Jia Tolentino Roberto Bolaño was born today in 1953, and I'm rereading this little excerpt from A Public Space's Fall 2011 issue, in which Bolaño takes stock of his dreams: 28. I dreamt I was sixteen and Martín Adán was giving me piano lessons. Show More Summary

What Bolaño Does

From an essay by Wendy Lesser: If I had to name a single quality that makes Roberto Bolan?o’s fiction compelling, it would be his capacity for stringent, hard-nosed sympathy. This is not the same as universal empathy or divinely inspired forgiveness or any of that softheaded nonsense. Show More Summary

A Deliberate Strategy

At The Rumpus, Catherine Brady interviews Daniel Alarcón, who recently came out with a new novel. Alarcón talks about his love of Roberto Bolaño and the paradox of writing about prison, among other things. (You could also read Jeff Peer’s review of the author’s new book.)

Woes Of The True Policeman

Page 86 of Woes Of The True Policeman by Roberto Bolano: The root of all my ills, thought Amalfitano sometimes, is my admiration for Jews, homosexuals, and revolutionaries (true revolutionaries, the romantics and the dangerous madmen, not the apparatchiks of the Communist Party of Chile or its despicable thugs, those hideous gray beings).

50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature

Five years ago this month saw the publication of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 in English — which made it one of those rare moments when you could walk into a coffee shop, step onto a bus, or enter a bookstore and find someone raving about or devouring an ambitious novel that topped a thousand pages. Show More Summary

40 Roberto Bolaño Quotes About The Truth Behind Life And Writing That Will Open Your Eyes Forever

9 months agoOdd : Thought Catalog

The famous Chilean, author of the incredible The Savage Detectives, 2666, Distant Star, Nazi Literature In The Americas, among many other significant works, Bolaño has said many thoughtful, witty, intelligent, funny things.

Vila-Matas on Bolaño

Some fantastic thoughts on Roberto Bolaño by Enrique Vila-Matas, on the occasion of first meeting him. I don’t think I’m fooling myself if I say that, in the Bar Novo that day, it took me no time at all to see or recognise in BolañoShow More Summary

Bolaño At the Movies

Writing for Slant, Bill Weber reviews Il Futuro, a film is based on an as-yet-untranslated novella by Roberto Bolaño. Previously, JW McCormack expounded on the prospect of adapting the Chilean author’s masterpiece, 2666, into a motion...Show More Summary

The Unknown University review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of New Directions' beautiful bilingual edition of (a lot of) Roberto Bolaño's poetry, The Unknown University.

Neuman on Bolaño('s success)

In The Independent Traveler of the Century-author Andrés Neuman writes on Fame after death: Why Roberto Bolaño became a literary superstar posthumously. (I assume he had nothing to do with the confusing headline, which doesn't make it...Show More Summary

Was Roberto Bolano a poet at heart? 'The Unknown University' says yes.

A new anthology explores the poems and illuminates the personal struggles of the late writer. As busy as Roberto Bolaño's afterlife has been — he's published 19 books in English since his death in 2003 — his time on Earth was even busier.

Roberto Bolano's '2666' released as e-book for the first time

Roberto Bolano did not live to see his book "2666" become an American bestseller. Nor did he make it to the popularization of e-books -- he died 10 years ago, on May 15, 2003.

New Book of Roberto Bolaño’s Poetry Imminent

A collection of Roberto Bolaño’s poetry, translated by Laura Healy, is almost available, courtesy of New Directions. The collection, clocking in at a hefty 835 pages, is titled The Unknown University and it contains all of Bolaño’s poetic work. In this recent review by Dwight Garner, published in the NYTimes, Garner writes that the collected [...]

Shorties (A Definitive Guide to the Works of Roberto Bolano, Titus Andronicus Covers Icona Pop, and more)

The Millions offers a definitive guide to the works of author Roberto Bolano. Titus Andronicus covers Icona Pop's hit single "I Love It." Montana Public Radio interviews David Shields about his book, How Literature Saved My Life. PopMatters looks back...

Tuesday New Release Day: Pochoda, Schine, Bolaño

New this week: Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda, Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine, and, available for the first time ever as ebooks, Roberto Bolaño’s masterpieces 2666 and The Savage Detectives. There are many, many more anticipated books on offer in our big second-half preview, published this week. Bonus Links: You can now subscribe to [...]Show More Summary

Short And Sweet

Sam Lipsyte lauds short stories: Many of my greatest moments as a reader have come with short stories. Raymond Carver, Robert Coover, Chekhov, Kafka, Katherine Mansfield, Roberto Bolano, Borges, Barry Hannah, Gordon Lish, Christine Schutt, Joy Williams, Ann Beattie, Lydia Davis, George Saunders, Leonard Michaels, Donald Barthelme were all major revelations for me. I still […]

Roberto Bolano's archives and his posthumous path to fame

To be married to a writer can be a peculiar kind of torture. Carolina Lopez saw her husband, the late Chilean novelist and poet Roberto Bolaño, take up with another woman for the final years of his life. (He died in 2003.) Lopez deserves credit for helping Bolaño become the first dead superstar of 21st century literature. Show More Summary

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