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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.

In the short story Silva the Eye, Bolano writes in the opening sentence: It's strange how things happen, Mauricio Silva, known as The Eye, always tried to escape violence, even at the risk of being considered a coward, but the violence, the real violence, can't be escaped, at least not by us, born in Latin America in the 1950s, those of us who were around 20 years old when Salvador Allende died.

Set in the Chilean exile diaspora of Latin America and Europe, and peopled by Bolano's beloved failed generation, the stories of Last Evenings on Earth have appeared in The New Yorker and Grand Street. His first two novels in English, By Night in Chile and Distant Star (New Directions, 2003 and 2005) were universally acclaimed.

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The first collection of stories in English by the Chilean author considered to be the finest Latin American writer of his generation. His exiled characters are living in the margins, on the edge, in constant flight from nightmarish threats.

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geoff.wichert, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by geoff.wichert)
Roberto Bolano was a poet whose huge, posthumously-published novel, 2666, made him the critical and popular darling of those who love the realism, literary bravado, and vital sense that reading can still be more than just entertainment (no matter what they teach you in MFA school) that you get from European and Latin American authors. But during the ten years he spent at the end of his life writing prose, he cut his teeth on short stories, 14 of which are here translated by Chris Andrews, who specializes in Bolano's short works. While a couple will go into my all-time keepers list, every one of them offers something vivid, transporting, likely to stick with the reader for good. Read each one in a single sitting, or at least in a single day, and in two weeks you will have entered the future of prose literature: a literature that is instantly accessible, yet ready to open in the mind like a flower as the final words of each story are read.
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ISBN:
9781843431817
Publisher:
Harvill Secker
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Author:
Bolano, Roberto
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Publication Date:
20070424
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.06 x 5.25 x 1 in .8281 lb

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