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2666: A Novel

Roberto Bolano

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
ISBN 10: 0374100144 / ISBN 13: 9780374100148
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Title: 2666: A Novel

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Synopsis: THE  POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM ?ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS? (JAMES WOOD,  THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)   Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño?s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of SantaTeresa?a fictional Juárez?on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.

Review: Amazon Best of the Month, November 2008: It was one thing to read Roberto Bolaño's novel The Savage Detectives last year and have your mind thrilled and expanded by a sexy, meandering masterpiece born whole into the English language. It was still another to read it and know, from the advance reports of Spanish readers, that Bolaño's true masterpiece was still to come. And here it is: 2666, the 898-page novel he sprinted to finish before his early death in 2003, again showing Bolaño's mesmerizing ability to spin out tale after tale that balance on the edge between happy-go-lucky hilarity and creeping dread. But where the motion of The Savage Detectives is outward, expanding in wider and wider orbit to collect everything about our lonely world, 2666, while every bit as omnivorous, ratchets relentlessly toward a dark center: the hundreds of mostly unsolved murders of women in the desert borderlands of maquiladoras and la migra in northern Mexico. He takes his time getting there--he tells three often charming book-length tales before arriving at the murders--but when he does, in a brutal and quietly strange landscape where neither David Lynch nor Cormac McCarthy's Anton Chigurh would feel out of place, he writes with a horror that is both haunting and deeply humane. --Tom Nissley

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