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Title:Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Roberto Bolaño, Ignacio Echevarría, Natasha Wimmer
Publisher:New Directions
ISBN:0811218147
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Number of Pages:390
Category:Essays, Non fiction

Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003 by Roberto Bolaño, Ignacio Echevarría, Natasha Wimmer

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003 em Between Parentheses em collects most of the newspaper columns and articles Bolano wrote during the last five years of his life as well as the texts of some of his speeches and talks and a few scattered prologues Taken together as the editor Ignacio Echevarr a remarks in his introduction they provide a personal cartography of the writer the closest thing among all his writings to a kind of fragmented autobiography Bolano s career as a nonfiction writer began in the year he became famous overnight for em The Savage Detectives em he was suddenly in demand for articles and speeches and he took to this new vocation like a duck to water Cantankerous irreverent and insufferably opinionated Bolano also could be tender about his family and favorite places as well as a fierce advocate for his heroes Borges Cort zar Parra and his favorite contemporaries whose books he read assiduously and promoted generously A demanding critic he declares that in his ideal literary kitchen there lives a warrior he argues for courage and especially for bravery in the face of failure em Between Parenthese em s fully lives up to his own demands I ask for creativity from literary criticism creativity at all levels

The Savage Detectives

New Year s Eve Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala Their quest to track down the obscure vanished poet Ces rea Tinajero A violent showdown in the Sonora desert turns search to flight twenty years later Belano and Lima are still on the run br br The explosive first long work by the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time Ilan Stavans i Los Angeles Times i i The Savage Detectives i follows Belano and Lima through the eyes of the people whose paths they cross in Central America Europe Israel and West Africa This chorus includes the muses of visceral realism the beautiful Font sisters their father an architect interned in a Mexico City asylum a sensitive young follower of Octavio Paz a foul mouthed American graduate student a French girl with a taste for the Marquis de Sade the great granddaughter of Leon Trotsky a Chilean stowaway with a mystical gift for numbers the anorexic heiress to a Mexican underwear empire an Argentinian photojournalist in Angola and assorted hangers on detractors critics lovers employers vagabonds real life literary figures and random acquaintances br br A polymathic descendant of Borges and Pynchon Roberto Bola o traces the hidden connection between literature and violence in a world where national boundaries are fluid and death lurks in the shadow of the avant garde i The Savage Detectives i is a dazzling original the first great Latin American novel of the twenty first century


2666

A cuatro profesores de literatura Pelletier Morini Espinoza y Norton los une su fascinaci n por la obra de Beno von Archimboldi un enigm tico escritor alem n cuyo prestigio crece en todo el mundo La complicidad se vuelve vodevil intelectual y desemboca en un peregrinaje a Santa Teresa trasunto de Ciudad Ju rez donde hay quien dice que Archimboldi ha sido visto Ya all Pelletier y Espinoza se enteran de que la ciudad es desde a os atr s escenario de una larga cadena de cr menes en los vertederos aparecen cad veres de mujeres con se ales de haber sido violadas y torturadas Es el primer asomo de la novela a sus procelosos caudales repletos de personajes memorables cuyas historias a caballo entre la risa y el horror abarcan dos continentes e incluyen un vertiginoso travelling por la historia europea del siglo XX confirma el veredicto de Susan Sontag el m s influyente y admirado novelista en lengua espa ola de su generaci n Su muerte a los cincuenta a os es una gran p rdida para la literatura


By Night in Chile

A deathbed confession revolving around Opus Dei and Pinochet i By Night in Chile i pours out the self justifying dark memories of the Jesuit priest Father Urrutia


Distant Star

The star of Roberto Bola o s hair raising novel em Distant Star em is Alberto Ruiz Tagle an air force pilot who exploits the coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry a multimedia enterprise involving sky writing poetry torture and photo exhibitions br br For our unnamed narrator who first encounters this star in a college poetry workshop Ruiz Tagle becomes the silent hand behind every evil act in the darkness of Pinochet s regime The narrator unable to stop himself tries to track Ruiz Tagle down and sees signs of his activity over and over again A corrosive mocking humor sparkles within Bola o s darkest visions of Chile under Pinochet In Bola o s world there s a big graveyard and there s a big graveyard laugh He once described his novel em By Night in Chile em as a tale of terror a situation comedy and a combination pastoral gothic novel br br Many Chilean authors have written about the bloody events of the early Pinochet years the abductions and murders Richard Eder commented in the em The New York Times em None has done it in so dark and glittering a fashion as Roberto Bola o


Last Evenings on Earth

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 br br br 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 s those of us who were around years old when Salvador Allende died br br br Set in the Chilean exile diaspora of Latin America and Europe and peopled by Bolano s beloved failed generation the stories of em Last Evenings on Earth em have appeared in em The New Yorker em and em Grand Street em


Amulet

Amulet is a monologue like Bolano s acclaimed debut in English By Night in Chile The speaker is Auxilio Lacouture a Uruguayan woman who moved to Mexico in the s becoming the Mother of Mexican Poetry hanging out with the young poets in the cafes and bars of the University She s tall thin brand blonde and her favorite young poet in the s is none other than Arturo Belano Bolano s fictional stand in throughout his books As well as her young poets Auxilio recalls three remarkable women the melancholic young philosopher Elena the exiled Catalan painter Remedios Varo and Lilian Serpas a poet who once slept with Che Guevara brAnd in the course of her imaginary visit to the house of Remedios Varo brAuxilio sees an uncanny landscape a kind of chasm This chasm reappears in a vision at the end of the book an army of children is marching toward it singing as they go The children are the idealistic young Latin Americans who came to maturity in the s and the last words of the novel are And that song is our amulet


Nazi Literature in the Americas

Nazi Literature in the Americas was the first of Roberto Bola o s books to reach a wide public When it was published by Seix Barral in critics in Spain were quick to recognize the arrival of an important new talent The book presents itself as a biographical dictionary of American writers who flirted with or espoused extreme right wing ideologies in the twentieth and twenty first centuries It is a tour de force of black humor and imaginary erudition Nazi Literature in the Americas is composed of short biographies including descriptions of the writers works plus an epilogue for Monsters which includes even briefer biographies of persons mentioned in passing All of the writers are imaginary although they are all carefully and credibly situated in real literary worlds Ernesto Perez Mason for example in the sample included here is an imaginary member of the real Oriacute genes group in Cuba and his farcical clashes with Joseacute Lezama Lima recall stories about the spats between Lezama Lima and Virgilio Pintilde era as recounted in Guillermo Cabrera Infante s Mea Cuba The origins of the imaginary writers are diverse Authors from twelve different countries are included The countries with the most representatives are Argentina and the USA


The Third Reich

div div div p On vacation with his girlfriend Ingeborg the German war games champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood Soon they meet another vacationing German couple Charly and Hanna who introduce them to a band of locals the Wolf the Lamb and El Quemado and to the darker side of life in a resort town p p p p Late one night Charly disappears without a trace and Udo s well ordered life is thrown into upheaval while Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany he refuses to leave the hotel Soon he and El Quemado are enmeshed in a round of Third Reich Udo s favorite World War II strategy game and Udo discovers that the game s consequences may be all too real p p p p Written in and found among Roberto Bola o s papers after his death i The Third i i Reich i is a stunning exploration of memory and violence Reading this quick visceral novel we see a world class writer coming into his own and exploring for the first time the themes that would define his masterpieces i The Savage Detectives i and i i p div div div


Putas asesinas

ltimos atardeceres en la tierra se narra un viaje a Acapulco que se convierte paulatinamente en un des censo a los infiernos En Dentista se cuenta la historia de un adolescente misterioso y dos adultos ya de vuelta de todo que lo observan desde un precipicio En Buba se cuenta una historia de f tbol en tres partes la de un futbolista sudamericano la de un futbolista africano y la de uno espa ol y la sorprendente historia de su equipo que bien podr a ser el Barcelona En Carnet de baile se dan razones para no bailar con Pablo Neruda En Prefiguraci n de Lalo Cura por el contrario nos su merge en una historia de narcotraficantes y directores de cine porno y Fotos nos trae una vez m s a Arturo Belano el protagonista de Los detectives salvajes Una deslumbrante colecci n de relatos de un autor que se ha convertido en una de las voces imprescindibles de la literatura en lengua espa ola


The Skating Rink

Set in the seaside town of Z on the Costa Brava north of Barcelona em The Skating Rink em oscillates between two poles a camp ground and a ruined mansion the Palacio Benvingut The story told by three male narrators revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion Nuria Mart When she is suddenly dropped from the Olympic team a pompous but besotted civil servant secretly builds a skating rink in the ruined Palacio Benvingut using public funds But Nuria has affairs provokes jealousy and the skating rink becomes a crime scene A mysterious pair of women an ex opera singer and a taciturn girl often armed with a knife turn up as well br br br A complex book em The Skating Rink em s short chapters are skillfully broken off with questions to maintain the narrative tension em Who was murdered Who was the murderer Will the murderer be caught em All of these questions are answered and yet em The Skating Rink em is not fundamentally a crime novel or not exclusively it s also about political corruption sex the experience of immigration and frustrated passion And it s an atmospheric chronicle of one summer season in a seaside town with its vacationers its drifters its businessmen bureaucrats and social workers


By Night in Chile, 2666, Amulet, Nazi Literature in the Americas, Putas asesinas, Distant Star, Last Evenings on Earth, The Savage Detectives, The Third Reich, The Skating Rink