The first collection of stories in English by the author considered to be the finest Latin American writer of his generation
Roberto Bolano was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He moved with
his family to Mexico City in 1968, but returned to Chile in 1973, a
month before General Pinochet seized power, when he was arrested.
After his release he went back to Mexico before travelling to
Europe and finally settling in Catalonia. He wrote ten novels,
including Distant Star and By Night in Chile (both
published by The Harvill Press), as well as his two
prize-winning works The Wild Detectives and 2666. He
died aged only fifty in 2003.
Chris Andrews was born in Newcastle, Australia, in 1962. He teaches in the department of French, Italian and Spanish Studies of the University of Melbourne. His translation of Roberto Bolano's Distant Star in 2005 won the prestigious Valle-Inclan Prize.
The most influential and admired novelist of his generation in the
Spanish-speaking world -- Susan Sontag
This may be the most haunting and mesmerising collection I have ever read * Daily Telegraph *
A book full of insight for writers and aficionados of South American literature and culture * Scotland on Sunday *
It is a shame that Bolano has no more evenings on earth, his unique voice asserting the importance and exuberance of literature will be sorely missed * Guardian *
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 *