Title: LAST EVENINGS ON EARTH - Scarce Pristine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2006
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 184 pages. Published in 2006. The author's first collection of short stories to be translated into English. Now considered a contemporary classic. 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 that sold out shortly after publciation. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Roberto Bolano's "Last Evenings On Earth" in a felicitous English translation. Fourteen crucial short stories by Roberto Bolano, narrated in the first person by a sweet cacophony of diverse voices. A few are narrated by an author named "B" (who is, of course, Bolano himself). What exactly is Roberto Bolano's achievement? "He emerged as a writer at a time when Latin America no longer believed in utopias, when paradise had become hell, and that sense of monstrousness and waking nightmares and constant flight from something horrid permeates '2666' and all his work. A writer who worked without a net, who went all out, with no brakes, and in doing so, created a new way to be a great Latin American writer" (Rodrigo Fresan). The consistently high level of Bolano's virtuosity is almost miraculous when one sees it as having been achieved during a brief and miserable personal life. It was as though he turned to literature not just to complement or complete but to change his life altogether. By the time of his untimely death in 2003 at the age of 50, Bolano was universally regarded as the greatest Spanish-language novelist of our time. "The real thing and the rarest" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0811216349. Bookseller Inventory # 17465
The first short-story collection in English by the acclaimed Chilean author Roberto Bolano. Winner of a 2005 PEN Translation Fund Award."The melancholy folklore of exile," as Roberto Bolano once put it, pervades these fourteen haunting stories. Bolano's narrators are usually writers grappling with private (and generally unlucky) quests, who typically speak in the first person, as if giving a deposition, like witnesses to a crime. These protagonists tend to take detours and to narrate unresolved efforts. They are characters living in the margins, often coming to pieces, and sometimes, as in a nightmare, in constant flight from something horrid.
About the Author:
Author of 2666 and many other acclaimed works, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain. He has been acclaimed ?by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time? (Ilan Stavans, The Los Angeles Times),? and as ?the real thing and the rarest? (Susan Sontag). Among his many prizes are the extremely prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. He was widely considered to be the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry, before dying in July 2003 at the age of 50.
The poet Chris Andrews has translated many books by Roberto Bolaño and César Aira for New Directions.
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