Title: WOES OF THE TRUE POLICEMAN - Scarce Fine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 250 pages. Published in 2012. The author's final and unfinished novel. Roberto Bolano's valedictory achievement. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Roberto Bolano's "Los sinsabores del verdadero policia" in a felicitous English translation by his champion/translator, Natasha Wimmer. "Follows Oscar Amalfitano, an exiled Chilean university professor and widower, through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona. Forced to leave Barcelona for Santa Teresa, a Mexican city close to the US border, where women are being killed in unprecedented numbers, Amalfitano soon begins an affair with Castillo, a young forger of Larry Rivers paintings. An intimate police investigation of Amalfitano that involves a series of dark twists culminates in a finale full of euphoria and heartbreak. An exciting, kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense yet darkly humorous. Marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature" (Publisher's blurb). After digging up and finding a seemingly inexhaustible treasure trove, this is it, together with "The Unknown University" (2013), the most complete collection of Bolano's poetry. Bolano readers and admirers can now take a deep breath, relax, and take it all in, Roberto Bolano's achievement (and inevitably, shortcomings) in full. An absolute "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Roberto Bolano's champion and English translator, Natasha Wimmer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Together with Chris Andrews, Wimmer deserves major credit for bringing Bolano's transcendent work to English-language readers. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First American Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374266743. Bookseller Inventory # 19008
Begun in the 1980s and worked on until the author?s death in 2003, Woes of the True Policeman is Roberto Bolaño?s last, unfinished novel.
The novel follows Óscar Amalfitano?an exiled Chilean university professor and widower?through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter, Rosa, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona.
Forced to leave Barcelona for Santa Teresa, a Mexican city close to the U.S. border where women are being killed in unprecedented numbers, Amalfitano soon begins an affair with Castillo, a young forger of Larry Rivers paintings. Meanwhile, Rosa, Amalfitano?s daughter, engages in her own epistolary romance with a basketball player from Barcelona, while still trying to cope with her mother?s early death and her father?s secrets. After finding Castillo in bed with her father, Rosa is forced to confront her own crisis. What follows is an intimate police investigation of Amalfitano that involves a series of dark twists, culminating in a finale full of euphoria and heartbreak.
Featuring characters and stories from his other books, Woes of the True Policeman invites the reader more than ever into the world of Roberto Bolaño. It is an exciting, kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense, yet darkly humorous. Exploring the roots of memory and the limits of art, Woes of the True Policeman marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature.
About the Author:
Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. He is the author of The Savage Detectives, which received the Herralde Prize and the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, and 2666, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bolaño died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.
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