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
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.)
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).
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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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 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.
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 [...]
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...
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
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 […]
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
So they’ve been showing Roberto Bolano’s notebooks and assorted ephemera in Barcelona for a while now. The exhibit sounds like it’s worth seeing, if you’re in Barcelona (or if it ever travels to where you are). There’s a nice overview of it here. Show More Summary
My review of The No World Concerto by A.G. Porta, one-time collaborator of Roberto Bolaño. In 1984, two young writers made their Spanish prose debut with a strange dual novel titled Consejos de un discípulo de Morrison a un fanático de Joyce (Advice from a Morrison Disciple to a Joyce Fanatic). Show More Summary
A few months ago, I wrote about Norwegian Granta, which included stories by Jennifer Egan, Roberto Bolano and Alice Munro in its first issue. Now the magazine is launching Granta Portugal, which debuts with five sonnets by the poet Fernando...Show More Summary
Roberto Bolaño has made quite a name for himself in the United States over the past decade. Two New York houses have published 18 of his books in English—and a 19th is due out later this year. He has become, arguably, the contemporary Latin American writer most revered by the literati of North America. Show More Summary