From Chile's finest contemporary writer.
A novella about poetry, violence and Chilean history, by the author of international bestseller and critically-acclaimed masterpiece, 2666.
Roberto Bolano was born in Santiago, Chile in 1953 and died in Catalonia in 2003. He was widely regarded as the essential Latin American writers of our age. He was best known for his novels (including The Savage Detectives, which won a number of prestigious literary awards, Nocturno de Chile, translated as By Night in Chile, Amulet, and 2666) and his short stories, Last Evenings on Earth.
"The most influential and admired novelist of his generation in the
Spanish-speaking world" -- Susan Sontag
"One of the greatest and most influential modern writers" -- James Wood
"Invested with a rare belief in literature's importance, his enigmatic stories encompass deep feeling and extreme violence" * Guardian *
"Strenth, humour and brilliancecharacterise the work of Roberto Bolano...[and] the absolute masterpieces that are Distant Star and By Night in Chile" -- Jorge Volpi
"Bolano's language, alert and always graceful, his way of constructing narratives that are simultaneously disconcerting, brilliant and infinitely immediate, is a form of resisting evil, adversity and mediocrity" * Le Monde *