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Gill, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Gill)
A brilliant book ranging from Germany to Mexico (where most of the action takes place), using the search for an elusive German author as a vehicle to expose the influence of the drug underworld and generally catastrophic lives lived by the poor in N. Mexico. Both social and literary, Roberto Bolãno reached his peak with this masterpiece. A book to be read by anyone who loves great literature and cares about our world.
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A brilliant book ranging from Germany to Mexico (where most of the action takes place), using the search for an elusive German author as a vehicle to expose the influence of the drug underworld and generally catastrophic lives lived by the poor in N. Mexico. Both social and literary, Roberto Bolãno reached his peak with this masterpiece. A book to be read by anyone who loves great literature and cares about our world.
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Bolaño is proof that literature still exists and still matters in a myopic, technocratic age decorated with the pretense of culture.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312429218
Author:
Bolano, Roberto
Publisher:
Picador USA
Translator:
Wimmer, Natasha
Author:
Wimmer, Natasha
Author:
Bolao, Roberto
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective / General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
912
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 912 pages Picador USA - English 9780312429218 Reviews:
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Completed in 2003 shortly before his death, 2666 is not only Roberto Bolaño's masterpiece but also one of the finest and most important novels of the 21st century. It's an entire world unto itself, one — not unlike our own — filled with horror, neglect, depravity, brilliance, and beauty. Epic in scope and epitomizing the "total novel," 2666 fuses many different genres and styles to create a singular and unforgettable work of contemporary fiction. While Bolaño's swan song marked the pinnacle of a sadly truncated literary career, his immense talent, creativity, and vision endure.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Last year's The Savage Detectives by the late Chilean-Mexican novelist Bolao (1953–2003) garnered extraordinary sales and critical plaudits for a complex novel in translation, and quickly became the object of a literary cult. This brilliant behemoth is grander in scope, ambition and sheer page count, and translator Wimmer has again done a masterful job. The novel is divided into five parts (Bolao originally imagined it being published as five books) and begins with the adventures and love affairs of a small group of scholars dedicated to the work of Benno von Archimboldi, a reclusive German novelist. They trace the writer to the Mexican border town of Santa Teresa (read: Juarez), but there the trail runs dry, and it isn't until the final section that readers learn about Benno and why he went to Santa Teresa. The heart of the novel comes in the three middle parts: in 'The Part About Amalfitano,' a professor from Spain moves to Santa Teresa with his beautiful daughter, Rosa, and begins to hear voices. 'The Part About Fate,' the novel's weakest section, concerns Quincy 'Fate' Williams, a black American reporter who is sent to Santa Teresa to cover a prizefight and ends up rescuing Rosa from her gun-toting ex-boyfriend. 'The Part About the Crimes,' the longest and most haunting section, operates on a number of levels: it is a tormented catalogue of women murdered and raped in Santa Teresa; a panorama of the power system that is either covering up for the real criminals with its implausible story that the crimes were all connected to a German national, or too incompetent to find them (or maybe both); and it is a collection of the stories of journalists, cops, murderers, vengeful husbands, prisoners and tourists, among others, presided over by an old woman seer. It is safe to predict that no novel this year will have as powerful an effect on the reader as this one." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "For there are some novels that make you feel as if a powerful force has moved through the writer, as if the artist has become the vehicle for the words of an exalted ventriloquist or has indeed been possessed by something....2666 seems like the work of a literary genius in the ferocious grip of a spirit not unlike the one that seizes Florita Almada." (read the entire Harper's review)
"Review A Day" by , "Well, it's not dead yet. The modernist idea, which is really a Romantic idea, that the truest art comes from the margins, from the social depths, from revolt and disgust and dispossession, from endless cigarettes and a single worn overcoat....A young man can still get up in a Mexico City bookstore and declare war on the literary establishment, give the finger to coffeehouses and Octavio Paz, plunge like a burning wreck into willed obscurity, toil in poverty for twenty years, and wind up forging, at the cost of youth and health and finally life, works that mark a time and point a new way forward....This was Roberto Bolano's story, and beyond his works' particular merits — which are indeed great, though not quite as great as generally claimed — their value is just this: the tremendous courage that they bespeak." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , With 2666, Bolano joins the ambitious overachievers of the 20th-century novel . . . who push the novel far past its conventional size and scope to encompass an entire era, deploying encyclopedic knowledge and stylistic verve to offer a grand . . . summation of their culture."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece...the most electrifying literary event of the year."
"Review" by , "Indeed, Bolaño produced not only a supreme capstone to his own vaulting ambition, but a landmark in what's possible for the novel as a form in our increasingly, and terrifyingly, postnational world."
"Review" by , "A work of devastating power and complexity, a final statement worthy of a master."
"Review" by , "Bolaño's most audacious performance....It is bold in a way that few works really are it kicks away the divide between playfulness and seriousness."
"Review" by , "The opening of 2666 had me in its thrall from those first few pages....For all the precision and poetry of its language, for all the complexity of its structure, for all the range of styles and genres it acknowledges and encompasses, for all its wicked humor, its inventiveness, and sophistication, 2666 seems like the work of a literary genius."
"Synopsis" by , Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman — these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.

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