I decided to re-read this one in anticipation of Bolaño’s Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998-2003 due later this month. I thought: it’s short, quickly accomplished, and that it will allow me a ‘jump’ in the Reading Challenge, freeing up some time for something longer (more Marías?) or something meatier (the upcoming Bolaño).
I happily proceeded, getting a kick out of his occasional contrariness and admiring his familiarity with and advocacy for various other Central and Sou...more
The longest piece in the book is the introduction, which provides some background on Bolaño, but is in fact largely an examination of how he researched a section of 2666 (The Part about the Crimes) by closely following the investigations of the real life killing o...more
"Positions are positions, sex is sex."
Indian girls might be excited about the fact that the most beautiful woman Bolano glimpsed in his life was an Indian woman in Spain.
I like very much the novels and stories of Bolano because they are human and intense at the same time. All his characters, and he of course, are full of modesty and it is reassuring to think that Roberto had a face that corresponded to the full modesty so present in his books.
He had a nice (ver...more
Se l’America gringa, gli States, usurpa il ruolo di parte per il tutto, con la confluenza del suo immaginario paranoico e disneyano nell’intero immaginario occidentale, l’Ameri...more
No matter how carefully we compose the interviews, we've found that some authors come across as generous and delightful and warm, while others come across as surly and ar...more
And this book shows off Bolaño's intellect, knowledge and skill. It seems like the man has read everything, and he is insightful and brilliant....more
"Lots and lots. Everytime I read that someone had spoken badly for me I began to cry, I drag myself across the floor, I scratch myself, I stop writing indefini...more
This book of interviews is tailored for Bolaño aficionados. Considering that about 40% of its content is available online, this appears at f...more
- R.B.: Sembra il nome di un gladiatore romano. Un gladiatore invitto. O almeno questo è quanto vuol credere il povero Postumo per farsi coraggio.
Non so voi, ma dopo aver letto queste tre righe, consapevole di come è andata a finire, ho dovuto chiudere il libro, prendere una boccata d'aria e giuro che m'è persino toccato di ricacciare dentro quel che sembrava un fiotto di lacrime.
Bolaño moved to Europe in 1977, and finally made his way to Spain, where he married and settled on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona, working as a dishwasher, a campground custodian, bellhop and garbage collector — working during the day and writing at night.