Roberto Bolaño, a Less Distant Star: Critical Essays

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Nazi Literature in the Americas. Nocturno de Chile. Putas asesinas. The Return. El secreto del mal. El Tercer Reich.

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Volpi, Jorge. Barcelona: Candaya, Notes [1] "uno de los pocos novelistas latinoamericanos del siglo veinte que se han escapado de su propio tiempo" Publicado por. Unwittingly—or perhaps with provocative deliberation— The Savage Detectives plays on a.

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Savage Detectives is a comfortable choice for U. She also believes that his biography, including his experience during the Pinochet coup in Chile and his untimely death, made him an attractive product for the U. Then, gaining insight into the reasons this image of Latin America sells so well among U.

On the one hand, their buried "adolescent" idealism is indulged as they discover in Latin. America and the "Latin American" the prospect of an adventure undertaken in the earnest. This claim, incidentally, has been refuted by his relatives and friends.

And it would not be too far-fetched to think that they probably added respectability and gravitas to his short novels Nocturno de Chile and Estrella distante , which, for the most part, take place in Chile during Pinochet's dictatorship. In any case, as Juan E.

T he legend only grew with the image of an author allegedly writing against the clock to finish , even in detriment of his own health. His writings themselves opened a door to these types of speculations, whenever he reflected on his own phobias, obsessions, or even his fear of mortality, as he seemingly does in "Playa": "and even the old woman was gazing at me.

Distant Star

Be it as it may, new publications or biographical findings will probably not change his status as the most influential writer of his generation. And he could certainly claim to be one, having lived in Chile and Mexico, even though most of his published narratives were written in Spain.

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This is reflected in the easiness with which his characters speak with dialects and slang from Mexico, Chile, or Spain, a nuance that is regrettably lost in the English translations of his works. In other texts, he is mercilessly critical of Latin American literature in general: "We have the worst politicians in the world, the worst capitalists in the world, the worst writers in the world.

We do our best to fool a few naive Europeans with terrible books, in which we appeal to their good nature, to political correctness, to tales of the noble savage, to exoticism" "The Lost" With its doublings, mirrors, twins and alter egos, Distant Star 's deconstruction of the proper name—and with that, of attendant notions of responsibility—signals the impossibility of justice in the transition to democracy post-coup.

In addition, I analyze the narrative role of repetition as an implementation of Borges's theories as presented in his short story "Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote" "Pierre Menard, author of the Quixote". In the first of the four essays, Margaret Boe Birns looks at the way the title contains the "number of the beast," , with the number two suggesting the coincidence of two visits by this ancient symbol of evil: the first deployment of is in the narrative concerned with Nazi Germany and the figure of Reiter; the second one takes place in Mexico during the s, reflecting the rise of neoliberal global capitalism, in which Reiter morphs into the elusive figure of Archimboldi.

It also analyzes his representation of the political Right: the Pinochet coup in By Night in Chile and Distant Star , where literature is not seen as inherently opposed to or incorruptible by right-wing politics, and Nazi Germany in Nazi Literature in the Americas and The Third Reich , where the author shows how thoroughly fascist ideas did in fact permeate the Latin American imaginary and how fiction, as a mode of game, is complicit in what it represents. In this work, one can track clues for interpreting the intricate web of relationships between his early poetic intuition and the development of his prose style.

Works Cited. Barcelona: Anagrama, Essays, Articles, and Speeches, Natasha Wimmer. New York: New Directions, Between Parentheses. Last Evenings on Earth. Chris Andrews. Los detectives salvajes. Click on the "request" button at the bottom of an item's record to have it delivered to Magill or another library. WorldCat This link opens in a new window This link opens in a new window This link opens in a new window. Includes manuscripts, maps, films and sound recordings. Covers works published before 1, BC-present. Note that E-Z Borrow is the first place to look for books not in Tripod.

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