Roberto Bolaño Would Have Preferred to Have Been a Homicide Detective
When asked what profession he hadn’t been a writer, author Roberto Bolaño admitted, “I would like to have been a homicide detective, much more than being a writer. I am absolutely sure of that. A string of homicides. I’d have been someone who could come back to the scene of the crime alone, by night and not be afraid of ghosts. Perhaps then I might really have become crazy. But being a detective that could easily be resolved with a bullet to the mouth.”
Bolaño died of liver disease shortly before this interview was put in print but now a collection of interviews conducted with the acclaimed Chilean author while writing his posthumously published book 2666, has been published for the first time in English.
The New York Times published an excerpt from Roberto Bolano: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations.