THE RETURN - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing
1st Printing. 200 pages. Published in 2010. The author's eleventh book to be translated into English. A collection of short stories, they are part of the "Last Evenings On Earth" collection and are finally restored and completed in this second installment. 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. Presents Roberto Bolano's "The Return" in a felicitous English translation. Thirteen vintage Bolano pieces. "The stories have a subdued quality, from underworld confessionals like 'Snow' and 'Joanna Silvestri' to tender reminiscences like 'Cell Mates' and the heart-breaking missed romance of 'Clara'. Devotees of Bolano will recognize the writer's merciless and often humorous fusion of high art and dark human nature in small flights like 'Meeting with Enrique Lihn' and comic bloodbaths like 'William Burns' " (Publishers Weekly). 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 is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available in bookstores and online are damaged/bumped because of shoddy packing and poor handling on the publisher's part. 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 0811217159. Bookseller Inventory # 17686
About this title:
Here is the eagerly anticipated second volume of stories by Roberto Bolano. Tender or etched in acid; hazily suggestive or chillingly definitive: a trove of strangely arresting, short master works.As Pankaj Mishra remarked in The Nation, one of the remarkable qualities of Bolano?s short stories is that they can do the ?work of a novel.? The Return contains thirteen unforgettable stories bent on returning to haunt you. Wide-ranging, suggestive, and daring, a Bolano story might concern the unexpected fate of a beautiful ex-girlfriend or a dream of meeting Enrique Lihn: his plots go anywhere and everywhere and they always surprise. Consider the title piece: a young party animal collapses in a Parisian disco and dies on the dance floor; just as his soul is departing his body, it realizes strange doings are afoot?and what follows next defies the imagination (except Bolano?s own).
Although a few have been serialized in The New Yorker and Playboy, most of the stories of The Return have never before appeared in English, and to Bolano?s many readers will be like catnip to the cats.
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.
Title: THE RETURN - Scarce Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
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