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A cuatro profesores de literatura, Pelletier, Morini, Espinoza y Norton, los une su fascinación por la obra de Beno von Archimboldi, un enigmático escritor alemán cuyo prestigio crece en todo el mundo. La complicidad se vuelve vodevil intelectual y desemboca en un peregrinaje a Santa Teresa (trasunto de Ciudad Juárez), donde hay quien dice que Archimboldi ha sido visto. Ya ...more
Paperback, 1126 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Anagrama (first published 2004)
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Heinrich Dahms I think Bolano is like Zen: if you're looking for a point, you've missed it by definition and there's no point continuing. It's a waste of time. More…moreI think Bolano is like Zen: if you're looking for a point, you've missed it by definition and there's no point continuing. It's a waste of time. More importantly, it's ok not to like this kind of writing; it's not a bad reflection on you. Personally, when I pick a book up, I know by the end of page 1 whether this book is worth my time or not - if not, I put it down pronto and will never pick it up again. Life is too short to waste on literature or human relations that don't work for you. It's personal and that's ok. Me, I love every word Bolano writes. I couldn't be less bothered that it's an unfinished story - which it definitely is - the joy for me is in the journey. I simply love the way this writer thought and the way he conveyed his thinking in his writing. If I could be a writer, this is how I would want to write. It's pure 'ding-an-sich' - the writing is the purpose - the joy is in the journey - I do not need a higher purpose. It's like good poetry or music to me and I need no further reason to enjoy it than that I am enjoying it. I marvel, sometimes cackle out loud at his expressions, his constructions, his observations (AND I'm not even reading it in the original language, so the translation must be great too !). So anyway, my advice is: if it doesn't resonate straightaway, why waste your time? Throw it away, go for a walk, have glass of wine, whatever. Life's too short to waste on stuff that does't work for you and that's ok. And a tip: If you don't like Bolano, I would strongly advise you against trying to read Jose Saramago: I get the same pleasure out of reading him as Bolano, so those of you who don't like Bolano will probably also find Saramago's writing "pointless". (less)
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Sep 03, 2015 brian rated it really liked it
the english version hasn’t come out yet.
it comes out in november.
no spoilers. just here to make three points:

1) the blood and guts
2) the disaster
3) the women

1) y’know that bookbuzz you get when you’re walking around the world and it’s all colored with the life of the book you’re reading? 894 pages of bolano’s epic and i felt like the guy in those 50s sci-fi movies who gets shrunk down real small and is injected into someone’s body. except it’s a book. and i’m in there flapping around amongst t
Oct 13, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: some guy on the internet
I hate these star ratings. I'm docking this baby one, because I honestly don't believe there's any way he was finished. This book wasn't done! I didn't read the Introduction and I'm not clear on the back story, but my vague understanding is that Bolaño died after sending this thing to his publisher, who claims it was ready to go, but seriously, man, I just can't believe that. This book is almost great. Parts of it are totally mindblowing, but the fact of the matter is, I'm convinced that it need ...more
Oct 10, 2009 Christy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-lit
Roberto Bolaño's 2666 has been described as "the most electrifying literary event of the year" (Lev Grossman, Time), as "a landmark in what's possible for the novel as a form" (Jonathan Lethem, The New York Times Book Review), as "a work of devastating power and complexity" (Adam Mansbach, The Boston Globe), as "the work of a literary genius" (Francine Prose, Harper's Magazine), and, repeatedly, as a masterpiece.

Adam Kirsch of writes that "2666 is an epic of whispers and details, full
Jan 29, 2009 Flora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, not-so-much, 2009
I accept that I'll probably get flamed for this, but enough is enough: this maddening, rapacious, and occasionally compelling book is making my life miserable. Will I finish it? Will it matter? Let me say for the record that I counted myself as a likely enthusiast -- I fit the profile -- but after a long, protracted battle, can't bring myself to sing along with the choir to which Bolano is preaching. In fact, I'm starting to wonder if we're so enslaved as readers to the cult of the author that w ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 16, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010 only)
Before reaching the last 100 pages of the book, I was bored. I was beginning to be afraid that the 33 early mornings when I had to wake up at 3:00 or 4:00 am just to read my target 20-30 pages of this book everyday would all be wasted. There were many questions and loose ends in my mind and I was already wondering if, in the end part, Bolano would care to tie them all up. You see, this book was published posthumously and one of the reviews here in Goodreads seemed to indicate that this was an un ...more
Aug 04, 2015 Jaidee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars-books
5 brilliant genius stars.

Nothing I write will do this book any justice. I wish I had the time to write a deep thought provoking essay on this modern masterpiece but instead I will write a few words about how I felt about this book and how greatly it impacted me.

This book hurt my brain and touched my heart. It was magical, frightening, beautiful, harrowing, shocking, mesmerizing and exceptional. At times this book entered my dreams at night and I pondered about it during the day. It was as if the
Ian Grayejoy
Animate! Immerse! Revive!

This big, fat book sat lifeless, intimidating, unread on my shelf for several years. I loved the cover, but I didn't particularly like the shape of the book itself. It was a brick. Somehow its dimensions seemed to be disproportionate. For a long time, I made excuses, then, finally, prompted by two GR friends, I made a spontaneous decision. I opened it and started to read...

I immersed myself in a world of revelation for ten days. I still feel the preternatural reverberati
This read tried my patience at first but eventually hooked me. It’s got the power to change the way you look at life and possibly make you a better human. For anyone considering reading the book, the challenge of its length and content calls for a significant basis to make the decision. Hence the unfortunate length of this review.

There are so many plot elements, diversions, and ideas in this book that it felt like drinking from a firehose. And, boy, did it quench my thirst. Bolaño doesn’t preac
Paul Bryant
Feb 17, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If that tosser Ian Graye can trash Infinite Jest in so unseemly a fashion then all I can say is....


IJ : choose your weapons, fatso.

2666: Fuck man, what is this, the 14th century?

IJ : I didn’t organise this, I don’t make the rules

2666: what’s going on here anyway? We were both written by dead guys and now they have cruelly pitted us against each other for the tacky reality-tv-WWF-style pleasure of this m
Sep 17, 2011 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: in 2666 I'll surely be dead
Recommended to Mariel by: a guy I'm no longer friends with
If things work out, and sometimes they don't, you're back in the presence of sacred. You burrow your head into your own chest and open your eyes and watch." (That's from page 315. Probably my favorite page in 2666.)

There were times when reading 2666 that I feared it was going to kill my love of reading. Kill it like some death toll statistics. Impersonal and I wasn't there. Somewhere far away, at someone else's hands. I'd forget my longings and not pick up another book. My hands eyes would go em
MJ Nicholls
Original Review:

A five-book moribund monsterpiece from Chile’s most profitable and posthumously prodigious literary export. Each book has its own narrative identity while retaining the Bolaño stamp: sprawling sentences savaged by commas, a free indirect style where dialogue blends with prose and narrative position hops from person to person, strange poetic waves of readable and glorious prose, and nasty sex. The Part About the Critics is the funniest section: a suckerpunch satire where a cast of
Nov 14, 2008 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written under the specter of his own death, Roberto Bolano's "2666" is a statement of the capacity of cruelty that resides in the darkest heart of humanity. The novel is really five novellas, thematically tied together, and centering around the fictional Santa Teresa (Cuidad Juarez in our world) where hundreds of young women are being raped and murdered. The plot of the novel takes a back seat to the real driving force which is the nightmare deathscape of Santa Teresa. There is some great yarn s ...more
Mike Puma
So many intelligent and thoughtful reviews already exist for 2666 that another, one from the School of Redundancy School, seems like a waste of time that would be better spent rereading any of Bolaño’s works. This is one that will haunt me, one for my To Reread shelf, then for my To Rereread shelf. What I look forward to most—Bolaño-freak that I am—are the inevitable volumes of Bolaño criticism to come and the opportunity to reread RB’s writing along with them, bumping what now are 4-star rating ...more
This was a really difficult book to review, not because it was complicated but because there is so much to say that even when you feel that you have said it all, it feels like you have just touched the surface. I write this review in a state of muddled thoughts, which might reflect in the review; so I ask you all to be patient and bear with me and to not judge this book by my abysmal attempt at reviewing it! Okay, let us begin, shall we?

Imagine that you are walking along a trail; it could be a m
Sep 28, 2010 Praj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rb
Occasionally a book comes along whose peculiar title is the sole purpose of the purchase. Immediately commencing on the initial pages, it plunges you in a labyrinth of complete brouhaha enmeshing every demented string whilst deciphering normalization of reasoning. And as the book concludes, you emerge with a smile of gratification as you have been just mesmerized by the aura of a genius.

2666 is a metaphysical necropolis of the cavernously hidden trepidation and disparagement that frequently seek
This is one of those books that surpasses anything positive or negative I might manage to say about it. This is one of those books that I can say with a fair amount of certainty actually consumed me. I thought about it constantly while I was reading it, and while enough time has not passed since I finished it this morning, I am fairly certain I will be thinking about it regularly for quite some time. I showed it to someone at work and said it would be the kind of book to cause my brain to explod ...more
Eddie Watkins
Oct 16, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chilean-fiction
It starts off innocently enough.

A group of Academic Lit Nerds are mutually obsessed with an obscure novelist, and become obsessed with tracking him down in the flesh, which leads to a rather conventional but gripping opening act of this vast novel in five acts.

The next two acts are equally conventional in their narratives, and equally gripping, but progressively darker, centered as they are in a northern Mexican city consumed by an outbreak of unsolved and gruesome murders of young women.

Dec 13, 2008 Conrad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, fiction
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Aug 03, 2009 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infinite-books
Some pages into 2666 I started to wonder where I had seen this technique before, Bolano’s scenes, his sometimes brief, sometimes protracted, sometimes linear and sometimes anachronistic vignettes (little bricks with white mortar in between that compose the foundation of this monster of a book). Then I remembered, Joyce employed the same style in the Wandering Rocks section of Ulysses (the one that starts with “The superior, the very reverend John Conmee S.J. reset his smooth watch…”). The Wander ...more
Barry Pierce
A genre-bending tome reminiscent of Pynchon and Calvino. This novel is made up of five seemingly unconnected parts that all wrap around a case of femicides in a Mexican town, by way of riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay. Bolaño weaves these stories together with surprisingly clear and coherent prose but which also show the mastery of his pen. Due to the genre-bending nature of this novel the reader may derive delight from one part but take umbrage at another. Nove ...more
May 24, 2016 Tijana rated it it was amazing
Ne znam prosto odakle da počnem. Možda upozorenjem za putnike-namernike: ovo nije jedna knjiga iz pet delova, ovo je pet drastično različitih romana. Ništa je Aleksandrijski kvartet prema ovim promenama tonaliteta, tema i atmosfere. Dakle, sasvim je moguće da bi vas jedna oduševila a druga smorila/iznervirala/istraumirala, a nije isključena ni kombinacija više tih rezultata. I još jedno upozorenje: nije za osetljive, naročito četvrta ne. Četvrta je, da tako kažemo, litanija zločina počinjenih na ...more
Jan 26, 2009 Carl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Madness is contagious,” the most memorable line from this sprawling, desultory, Frankenstein of a novel. And madness is a tedious, dull slog in Bolano’s world. I can ride through a couple hundred pages of experimental obnoxiousness in an ambitious novel like this, as long as the rewards are there. But, ultimately, 2666’s rewards are minor.

I started out liking this book, found it fascinating and darkly funny in the Kafka sense. From there the humor was either lost, or, later, shifted registers i
Oct 27, 2013 trivialchemy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
[I realize the in thing right now is to publish revolutionary, anti-censorship reviews. Alas, this is not such a review. That said, it is highly off topic through almost the entire thing, not to mention explicit and possibly offensive to the mostly theoretical "Goodreads Team," and so I encourage you to flag it accordingly. --Ed.]

That night, as he was working the door at the bar, he amused himself by thinking about time with two speeds, one very slow, in which the movement of people and objects
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

Reportage, (probably) not Reviewage .....

I’ve already, even before I read them, paired this brick with DeLillo’s brick. So no complaints.

The two have a few superficial things in common. Probably more than superficial, especially taking into account how my reading habits and predilections filtered them. Again, no complaints please.

First is obvious and let’s just round up or down to a nice round eight or 900 pages each. Second, they are both wildly popular. Just look at them numbers. I mean, they
Jun 30, 2013 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something wholly positive that can be said about 2666 is that it's not summarizable in plot or theme -- its dimensions suggest the entirety of life on earth. Seriously! And so all I can really think to do is offer a telling quotation: ". . . history, which is a simple whore, has no decisive moments but is a proliferation of instants, brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousness." At times, especially early on (first 300 pages), I sometimes impatiently derided this monster as a hyb ...more
Oct 28, 2008 jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
if, as roberto bolaño surmised in his speech accepting the prestigious premio rómulo gallegos prize (for the savage detectives), literature is indeed “a dangerous occupation,” then 2666 is certainly his attestation. completed shortly before his death in 2003 (though left partially unedited), 2666 is a monumental work of consummate achievement, one deserving of the most exalted acclaim. epic in scope and epitomizing the “total novel,” the late chilean writer’s masterpiece fuses many different gen ...more
Paul Bryant
I'm a guy who never falls for the hype, I see those orchestrated culture-vulture whisper campaigns a mile away, I will not be dragooned into seeing the latest cruddy art house movie or the subversive comedian who deliberately doesn't make you laugh, nor yet do I watch Big Brother as an ironic protest against the war in Afghanistan - so imagine my horror when I got home from Waterstones and found I'd bought 2666 in a three-for-two deal. Somewhere in the stunned silence I heard the tiny impudent s ...more
Feb 01, 2016 André rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Há uma eterna questão intelectual sobre a função da literatura. Será somente um prazer? Um hobbie? Ou servirá o propósito de desconstrução de um texto? Será que um texto funciona como um eterno enigma, que desconstruímos e analisamos ou simplesmente é uma linha recta verbal com um final feliz? Será inclusive necessário o conhecimento pessoal do autor para entendermos o texto que ele escreve? Pode a literatura preencher algum vazio nas nossas vidas? Entre as respostas labirínticas e o silêncio ca ...more
Why four starts you ask? I thought the first part and the last part were worthy of 5 stars, and there were 5 star moments in the other parts.... it's really more of a 4 and a half stars, but it just doesn't quite make it to a five star rating for me.

Part four was so graphic that it literally made me cringe and made me sick to my stomach. It was like watching a horror film and wanting to turn away from the screen, except you can't escape the words on the page. That's not a bad thing; it's a good
Dec 31, 2008 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Coming in just five minutes under the wire of ringing in the new year I finished this book. I'd been toying with giving it four stars, I figured I would give it four because it's a deeply flawed novel. I'll come back to this.

There may be spoilers, but nothing too serious in what follows (but where I allude to things that happen in this novel and in Infinite Jest).

About fifty pages into the final part of the book, with about two hundred and something pages left I knew that it wasn't going to end
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For most of his early adulthood, Bolaño was a vagabond, living at one time or another in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, France and Spain.

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.

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2666 (8 books)
  • 2666, Part 1: The Part About The Critics
  • 2666, Part 2: The Part About Amalfitano
  • 2666, Part 3: The Part About Fate
  • 2666, Part 4: The Part About The Crimes
  • 2666, Part 5: The Part About Archimboldi
  • 2666 - I. La parte dei critici - ­La parte di Amalfitano­ - La parte di Fate
  • 2666 Part B

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