Title: THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES: THE PICADOR 40TH ...
Publisher: London, England: Picador Books, 2012
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 620 pages. Published in 2012. The author's seventh book to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of our time. Recently selected as the greatest Spanish-language novel of the first decade of the 21st century. The first appearance of the title in this edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. Published in a small and limited print run as a Softcover Edition only and as one of 40 iconic titles to celebrate Picador's 40th Anniversary Year. The edition is nothing less than a triumph of British publishing: It is beautifully produced on archival stock paper, features a brilliant design whose front cover closeup of a vintage car is adapted from a photograph by Gerry Lakin, and closes with a 25-page Coda of supplementary materials, "Bolano Fully Booked", which appears in book form for the very first time. Without DJ, as issued. There is no American Edition. The Picador Edition is now scarce. Re-presents Roberto Bolano's "The Savage Detectives" in a felicitous English translation. His masterpiece, it finally brought him the international recognition he yearned for and so richly deserved, and transformed his status from cult to world-class writer. 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. Could it be that "The Savage Detectives" is destined to be regarded as the greatest novel of the decade, period? An absolute "must-have" edition for Roberto Bolano collectors. This title was recently selected as the greatest Spanish-language novel of the first decade of the 21st century. This is one of few copies of the Picador 40th Anniversary Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1447202856. Bookseller Inventory # 18282
Synopsis: First published in Spanish in 1998, The Savage Detectives was immediately hailed as a critical success, wining the Herralde Prize and the Romulo Gallegos Prize. But with the 2007 English-language translation the book became more than a bestseller -- it began the global sensation of Bolanomania. New Year's Eve 1975, Mexico City. Two hunted men leave town in a hurry, on the desert-bound trail of a vanished poet. Spanning two decades and crossing continents, this remarkable quest is a journey told and shared by a generation of lovers, rebels and readers, whose testimonies are woven together into one of the most dazzling Latin American novels of the twentieth century. In 2012 Picador celebrated its 40th anniversary. During that time we have published many prize-winning and bestselling authors including Bret Easton Ellis and Cormac McCarthy, Alice Sebold and Helen Fielding, Graham Swift and Alan Hollinghurst. Years later, Picador continue to bring readers the very best contemporary fiction, non-fiction and poetry from across the globe. Discover more at picador.com/40
About the Author: Roberto Bolano was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City. The Savage Detectives was chosen as one of the ten best books of 2007 by the Washington Post and the New York Times Book Review, and won the Herralde Prize and the Romulo Gallegos Prize. His posthumous masterpiece, 2666, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.
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