Antwerp is Bolano intensified and distilled. As his friend and literary executor, Ignacio Echevarria, once suggested, it can be viewed as the Big Bang of his fictional universe. It is the birth of Bolano's enterprise in prose: all the elements are here, highly compressed, at the moment when his talent explodes. It's a short book, with short chapters, each like a prose poem, and from this springboard which Bolano chose not to publish until 2002, more than twenty years after he'd written it he plunged into the unexplored depths of the modern novel for which he is now revered. In fifty-six sections, the fractured narration moves in multiple directions spliced together with an experimental crime novel set on the Costa Brava are voices from a dream, from a nightmare, from passers-by, from an omniscient narrator, from 'Roberto Bolano'. This is a deep and meditative work in Bolano's words, 'radical and solitary' the result of a highly personal wrestling with the form of the novel itself. The author sets out to ensure, wilfully, that this is a novel like no other for 'rules about plot only apply to novels that are copies of other novels' and the aim is nothing less than to find in the written word a powerful and sustaining life force: 'Of what is lost, irretrievably lost, all I wish to recover is the daily availability of my writing, lines capable of grasping me by the hair and lifting me up when I'm at the end of my strength'.
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Roberto Bolano was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City. His novel, 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. His posthumous masterpiece, 2666, won the National Book Critics Circle Award.From Publishers Weekly :
The dead and wildly fashionable Bolaño (2666) seems doomed to have all of his scribblings published. Hence this slapdash collation of 56 cinematic gestures set in 1980 Barcelona and featuring a nervous South American narrator named Roberto Bolaño, who is fascinated by facade versus reality, observes himself as if from the outside, and records random scenes (i.e., a hunchback eating sardines from a can in the woods). Alternately, elements of a detective plot are set up but hardly developed and involve a police sergeant searching for someone (perhaps the hunchback) and a nameless young woman (red-haired, a drug addict, a witness) sodomized by a cop—or is it the narrator? Bolaño derides conventional story lines (rules about plot only apply to novels that are copies of other novels) in favor of recording senseless, disjointed snippets of speech, errant impressions, and sensations. Collectively, these might be viewed as the paranoid, manic musings of a writer desperately searching for material. (May)
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Description du livre Pan Macmillan/ Picador, 2011. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0330510584
Description du livre Pan Macmillan/ Picador, 2011. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 330510584