Title: BY NIGHT IN CHILE - Rare Pristine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: New Directions, 2003
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Edition: 1st Edition.
2nd Printing. 144 pages. Published in 2003. The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of Roberto Bolano's finest achievements. 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 limtied first print run as a softocver original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Roberto Bolano's "By Night In Chile" in a felicitous English translation. Quietly released by New Directions when he was still virtually unknown in the English-speaking world and shortly after he prematurely died, it remains one of the beloved author's touchstones. What exactly is Roberto Bolano's achievement? "Bolano was the first to make a true break from the legacy of 'The Boom'. Many other writers of his generation, and younger writers too, have tried and are still trying to make a literature of their own, one that doesn't languish in the long shadow of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and the other novelists who exploded on the world scene in the 1960's. Bolano made the leap seem effortless. The writers of The Boom put Latin America on the map. Bolano creates a Latin America of the mind, a post-nationalist Latin America filtered through a rootless, restless, uncompromising literary sensibility" (Natasha Wimmer). 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 great book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Edition/Second Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All other copies available online are in innumerable much-later printings and often have major flaws. A truly rare copy of the First Printing also available online commands $500, perhaps rightly so, and even though the copy has numerous flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0811215474. Bookseller Inventory # 20150
A deathbed confession revolving around Opus Dei and Pinochet, By Night in Chile pours out the self-justifying dark memories of the Jesuit priest Father Urrutia.As through a crack in the wall, By Night in Chile's single night-long rant provides a terrifying, clandestine view of the strange bedfellows of Church and State in Chile. This wild, eerily compact novel?Roberto Bolano's first work available in English?recounts the tale of a poor boy who wanted to be a poet, but ends up a half-hearted Jesuit priest and a conservative literary critic, a sort of lap dog to the rich and powerful cultural elite, in whose villas he encounters Pablo Neruda and Ernst Junger. Father Urrutia is offered a tour of Europe by agents of Opus Dei (to study "the disintegration of the churches," a journey into realms of the surreal); and ensnared by this plum, he is next assigned?after the destruction of Allende?the secret, never-to-be-disclosed job of teaching Pinochet, at night, all about Marxism, so the junta generals can know their enemy. Soon, searingly, his memories go from bad to worse. Heart-stopping and hypnotic, By Night in Chile marks the American debut of an astonishing writer.
From the Inside Flap: During the course of a single night, Father Lacroix, a priest and a poet, relives some of the crucial events of his life. Thus we are given glimpses of Pablo Neruda, Ernst Junger, General Pinochet and various members of the Chilean intelligentsia.
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