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«La prima volta che vidi Carlos Wieder fu nel 1971 o forse nel 1972 quando Allende era presidente del Cile». Chi è Carlos Wieder? È un poeta, un aviatore che scrive versi nel cielo, un killer di poeti, un torturatore, un fotografo surrealista delle vittime, e poi un fuggiasco in Europa, poeta d'avanguardia e forse operatore-assassino di film hard core criminali (quelli in ...more
Paperback, La memoria #456, 184 pages
Published 1999 by Sellerio (first published January 1st 1996)
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Kris
Jun 30, 2012 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short novel has some similar elements to The Savage Detectives, but it's much darker. Bolaño looks at the sinister side of Latin American poetry movements and politics, as he explores the dark careers and identities of Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, aka Carlos Wieder, a member of the Chilean air force who achieves as small measure of fame as a poet-aviator practicing a dark kind of performance art by skywriting over the Andes. The book's narrator, who met Ruiz-Tagle/Wieder in a series of poetry worksh ...more
Hakan T
Jan 26, 2017 Hakan T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Şilili efsane yazardan okuduğum ilk kitap Uzak Yıldız. İyi ki böyle yazarlar varmış, keşke böyle yazma yeteneğin olsaymış dedirten kitaplardan. Borges külliyatının hemen hemen tamamını üniversite yıllarımda büyük bir keyifle devirmiştim. Hala, bir zaman bulsam da tekrar okusam derim. Bolano'yu okurken adeta Borges okuyor hissine kapıldım, bu açıdan da büyük keyif aldım. Belki biraz daha ayakları yere basanı. Uzak Yıldız, Şili'nin Pinochet darbesi döneminden çarpıcı bir kesit sunuyor. Devrimci ge ...more
Deniz Balcı
Dünyaya geldiğimiz andan itibaren en iyi ihtimalle, sene hesabı seksen ya da yüz yıllık bir süre biçiliyor bize. İnsan olma yolculuğunda, yaşamda bir noktaya erişmek amacıyla bir şekilde savrulup gidiyoruz. Gördüğümüz en ufak ışığa, yarına basamak umduğumuz şeye sıkı sıkıya sarılıyoruz. Bu doğrultuda içine doğduğumuz toplum, ülke; bir cadı kazanı ise, yolumuz çakıl taşları, tümsekler, çukurlar üzerine çiziliyor. Vahı da kahrı da çok bir ömür yaşamak zorunda oluşumuz, tercih hakkımızın olmadığı d ...more
Barry Pierce
This novel is an extension of the last entry in Bolaño's wonderful earlier work Nazi Literature in the Americas. It's clear why Bolaño made it into a novel, it's one of the most memorable sections of the book. A poet is forced into the Chilean air force and starts a new literary movement by writing poems in the sky above the Andes mountains...

I feel that because I've already read the story which inspired this I didn't really get anything new out of it. However, it is thoroughly enjoyable and pro
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Andrew
May 11, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant miniature of the tenderness and sadism of 1970s Southern Cone poetry and politics. Bolaño, as in The Savage Detectives, works to undermine Art and Poetry as the cult of the pure while adoring both as accidental consequences of living. He accuses poetry and poets of the Luciferian/Romantic lyrical gyre, specifically in the role of a sky-writing fascist serial-killer poet and photographer who ushers in the Chilean Art of the Future with a photography exposition featuring the dismembere ...more
julieta
May 16, 2009 julieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ajualatinos
Que libro! Cómo puede concentrar tanto un libro aparentemente tan pequeño. Por dónde empezar? El mejor libro que he leído, de los chilenos, de Bolaño. Porque cuando se pone chileno se pone muy muy chileno. Esta historia, la de Carlos Wieder, un maligno, un hombre hecho en el mundo militar de la dictadura chilena, en donde todo le es permitido.

Es la otra cara de la moneda de “los Detectives Salvajes”, está siempre presente la poesía, está el reconstruir hechos, pero mientras los detectives son d
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Aubrey
3.5/5

There are certain authors whom I keep coming back to because they do various themes to the point of what should be death but which never actually achieve that final destination of overworked banality. This is hardly a static or even a linear relationship, seeing as how my previous Bolaño experience occurred in 2014 and the prior/first engagement happened in the far off blue yonder of my pre-Goodreads days, encompassing a time spanning from when I still considered myself an engineer to the n
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Juan-Pablo
Aug 08, 2011 Juan-Pablo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Primero decir que no tiene mucho sentido estar comparando siempre toda obra de Bolaño con "Los Detectives Salvajes" y "2666". Esas son sus obras maestras, pero no por eso sus obras "menores" son menos relevantes.

En "Estrella Distante", una novela corta pero intensa, Bolaño traza la Dictadura de Pinochet en Chile a través de los ojos algunos poetas. Es una historia fracturada (tanto temporal como narrativamente) en donde mucho se deja al lector para descubrir entre lineas. El narrador y su amigo
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Michael
Jun 27, 2007 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dead
Poets get slain.
Friederike Knabe
Sep 05, 2013 Friederike Knabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-america
Forty years ago, Chile's elected president, Salvador Allende, was overthrown by the Pinochet regime. Reading Roberto Bolaño novella DISTANT STAR today, recollections of the coup events and, especially, their aftermath re-emerge vividly in my mind. In this work, originally published (in Spanish) in 1996, the author confronts us with different kinds of regime collaboration, from the activist to the sections of society that see themselves as standing innocently at the sidelines. While fictionalizin ...more
غيث حسن
"نجم بعيد"

ترجمة علاء شنانة

دار نينوى


برع السارد بأدواته المتاحة كي يخبرنا عن واقع يغص بالكره و الخداع، يقترفها شبان مثقفون تجاه بعضهم البعض والتي تبدأ أحداثها قبل نهاية الدمقراطية كما يسميها الكاتب إبان الإطاحة بالرئيس سلفادور الليندي عام ١٩٧٣، ذلك الإنقلاب العسكري الذي قام به الجنرال بينوشيه المدعوم من المخابرات الإمريكية، وتعددت الروايات حول موت الليندي هل مات منتحرا أم قتل على يد الانقلابين. فبدأ الكاتب بسرد الشخصيات الكثيرة جداً لذلك انت تحتاج إلى تسجيلها على ورقة كي لا تتفلت منك، ويعد كارلوس
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Arwen56
Dec 23, 2012 Arwen56 rated it really liked it
Affascinante.

Continua la mia esplorazione di questo autore di cui sono venuta a conoscenza, ahimè, solo di recente. Già il precedente romanzo, La pista di ghiaccio, mi era molto piaciuto. Quella pista di ghiaccio, appunto, che improvvisamente sbocciava (metaforicamente parlando, ovviamente) nel mezzo del labirintico Palazzo Benvingut, improbabile scenario di un altrettanto improbabile amore, mi aveva incantata.

All’inizio di questo libro, ero sinceramente perplessa. Ho dovuto “googolare” non poc
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Jun 27, 2010 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
‘He flew in a light plane and he flew alone.’

The novel opens in 1973, just before President Allende is overthrown by Augusto Pinochet. In Concepción, a group of left-leaning idealists discuss Pablo Neruda and Che Guevera. Members of this group include both the novel’s unnamed narrator and the enigmatic Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, a little known poet who is attractive to women and viewed with suspicion by men. After the coup, Ruiz-Tagle is revealed as a Pinochet supporter. He has German heritage, and his
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Sergsab
Jun 03, 2013 Sergsab rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La cruzada por ajusticiar el acto poético como forma de maldad. La importancia máxima de que nadie mancille a los muertos y a la poesía.

Bolaño elabora un informe, más que una novela, en la que la persecución de un tipo con mil nombres se mezcla con la historia reciente de Chile y de aquellos expatriados que buscaron fortuna más allá del Atlántico.

Sin embargo, no entro. Me quedo fuera todo el tiempo. La distancia narrativa, ya sea por el contenido o por el apartado formal, me ha mantenido alejad
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Pierre Menard
Mar 02, 2016 Pierre Menard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who loves Pirandello
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Juan
Mar 08, 2017 Juan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy impactante el recuerdo que queda de las lecturas de Bolaño, se componen de algo único, y en esa novela no me queda menos que la imagen de unos presos mirando desde el patio cómo un avión escribe poemas en el cielo.
Bülent Özgün
Sanki 2666'nın küçük bir versiyonunu okumuş gibiyim. Benzer bir gerçekçilik: Gergin bir hakikat ipinin üzerinde dolaşan ve bazen büyülü bir hale düşecekmiş gibi yapan bir dille anlatılıyor her şey. Benzer bir gizem: Şairler, yazarlar kayboluyor, onların peşine edebiyat severler düşüyor; ben de bu gizemin peşine düştüm. Keyif aldım.

Siyasi çalkantılar içindeki şair ve edebiyatçıların durumunu yeterince hissedemedim ama. Bu, kitabın suçu değil tabi ki. Benim bilgisizliğim. İsimler, olaylar geçti ve
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Emanuela
Primo romanzo che leggo di Bolaño letto velocemente per assaggiare l'autore prima di cimentarmi nel ben più corposo "2666".
La storia si svolge nel Cile a ridosso della dittatura di Pinochet e termina molti anni dopo con una caccia all'uomo. Il ricercato è un serial killer con evidenti turbe psicopatiche che miete vittime tra i poeti emergenti degli anni '70.

La storia, essendo un noir, ha momenti raccapriccianti ma, come piacevole contrasto, c'è il racconto del narratore che si sviluppa con molta
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Lee
Jan 03, 2009 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A much better primer for 2666 than The Savage Detectives - this one's short and involves the same sort of style, themes, characters, geographic all-over-the-placeness, lists of books and writers (some real, some so obscure they may as well be made up), soaring peaks, and dry valleys, but in this one there's skywriting! . . . Definitely a recommended wading pool if you're wary of the hype/heft of 2666 (for which the average rating on goodreads right now, somehow, on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, is 5. ...more
Matthew
Dec 29, 2008 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Distant Star is a chilling homily to the vile excesses of the Pinochet regime in Chile and the demented fascist aesthetics of a particular pilot/poet. Mr. Bolano's prose smokes off the page and I am left with the message that art matters; art has consequences. He also hints that the creative process is far from a placid undertaking. Distant Star is written in a hard boiled style that follows in the footsteps of the classic noir writers and (as another reviewer noted) post-modern noir-ish writer ...more
R.
Apr 15, 2008 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
A satire on the insular world of creative writing; and the skywriting literature of Carlos Wieder forecasts, perhaps, the ephemeral writing of the Internet (the book was originally published in 1996 when the World Wide Web was still figuring itself out).

This book is for anybody who has ever cracked open the latest Granta, Tin House or Kenyon Review with that stomach-deep sick feeling (that primal intuition) that you'd see the name of a creative writing class rival in the Table of Contents.
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Pat
Nov 20, 2008 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trina, Jennifer
Recommended to Pat by: Jim
A wonderful and creepy novel about a self-taught fascist poet who becomes the darling of the Pinochet regime. The story is told in the first person by an poet in exile in Europe. Chillingly. Like Borges, Roberto Bolano unfolds the mystery from a distance but it feels up close and personal. The novel also brought to mind Paul Auster's book, "Leviathan."

I love the long lists that embellish the narrative. And the mortadella sandwiches that seem to be emblematic of a mother's love.
Marcello S
Dove si parla di poeti aviatori, gemelle adorabili, avanguardie letterarie, killer psicopatici, ex poliziotti, rivoluzionari, mostre fotografiche di cadaveri, “scrittori barbari”, Allende e Pinochet.

Ha la fragile consistenza dell’opera in veste minore.
Cresce alla distanza ma non l’ho trovato imprescindibile. [69/100]
Carola
Mar 06, 2014 Carola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autores-chilenos
[Contiene spoilers] Qué placer leer a Roberto Bolaño. Nunca, pero nunca de los jamases, fue mencionado en algunas de mis clases de castellano. Quizá ni la profesora lo conocía. "Estrella distante" es un libro cortito que relata la historia de Carlos Wieder, un teniente de la FACH que hizo de las suyas (como tantos otros) durante la dictadura militar y quien, bajo un nombre falso, se integra en un club de poesía de jóvenes universitarios de izquierda en Concepción. Cómo es de cruel el destino. Es ...more
Inês
Apr 05, 2012 Inês rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Não se põe em causa o talento de Bolaño e o que fez pela cultura sul americana, mas interessa saber se é capaz de agradar a todos nós no que toca a entretenimento. A mim, nem tanto.
(a puxar para as 3 estrelas, sim?)

Admiro a capacidade de criar este alter-ego, e de misturar ficção e realidade de tal maneira que nos faz duvidar do que realmente aconteceu ou do que está apenas na cabeça do autor. Admiro igualmente que se ponha no papel o retrato do Chile na era de Salvador Allende e depois na era
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Andrea Carolina
Acabo de terminar Estrella Distante, me ha quedado una sensación de tristeza melancólica, de esas que son como irremediables, no inútiles. Uno no sabe que pensar exactamente al acabar de leer este pequeño libro. Bolaño ha logrado lo que ningún escritor ha logrado en mi sentir tristeza de verdad por el horror latinoamericano.

A parte de todo ha nombrado en tres historias de hombres admirables a uno de los psicólogos mas influyentes en mi emocionalidad, Fritz Perls. Insisto que nadie se ha acercad
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Jeroen
Sep 09, 2016 Jeroen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A small book, this is, ultimately, despite the grandness of its plot components ("A new poetry!", "a World War II airplane writing the first words of the Book of Genesis in smoke in the sky", set at the onset of the Pinochet regime). Bolaño keeps it all all too human, small actors caught in the grips of reductive terms like Left or Right, the right-wing followers of Pinochet "just doing their jobs", and in a sense, the left-wing protesters do the same. They fulfil their role, their destiny.

In th
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pierlapo  quimby
Devi essere un pazzo, un pazzo senza speranza, se non la pianti subito di leggere questo inutile commento, non spegni quella macchina di silicio, non esci di casa, non entri nella prima libreria che incontri e non compri questo libretto, questo condensato della visione letteraria e del genio di Roberto Bolaño, un libretto che sembrerebbe poca cosa se non fosse che per otto miseri euro ti lascerà con la bava alla bocca per tutto il tempo in cui lo terrai aperto con una sola mano (il formato è dav ...more
Jawrsh
Aug 11, 2007 Jawrsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: autodidacts
There are a number of reasons to like roberto bolano (I'm not going to figure out how to write the diacritical 'enya'), the least of which being that pretentious poetry hipsters will give you ups because you have read him. Reasons are:
He was a wonderful writer, sort of like Bruno Schulz mixed with Juan Rulfo, but less mystical;
He really only wrote this shit to feed his kids;
He provided you with a survey of the literature you should bother with, and showed you why you should bother;
He's pretty. S
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Patricia Murphy
Dec 24, 2012 Patricia Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
You can't convince me that I don't love Bolano. In fact I'll admit I'm a little addicted. Can I be honest and say he reminds me of a Chilean DFW? Just the right amount of detail, social commentary, and snark. One of my favorite lines of this novella occurred on page 85: "Tatiana came from an illustrious military family, and was, in her own slightly mad way, an independent woman, who always did as she pleased, went out with whom she fancied, and held outrageous opinions, which were, in many cases ...more
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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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“In the current socio-political climate, he said to himself, committing suicide is absurd and redundant. Better to become an undercover poet.” 11 likes
“When he was no longer to be seen walking the streets of Concepción with books under his arm, always neatly dressed (as opposed to Stein, who looked like a tramp), heading off to the Faculty of Medicine or standing in a line outside some cinema or theater, when he disappeared into thin air, nobody missed him. Many would have been glad to hear of his death, for reasons that were not so much political (Soto was a socialist sympathizer, but that was all, he wasn't even a faithful socialist voter; I would have described him as a left-wing pessimist) as aesthetic in nature: the pleasure of knowing you're finally rid of someone who is more intelligent than you are and more knowledgeable and who lacks the social grace to hide it. Writing this now it seems hard to believe. But that's how it was. Soto's enemies would have been able to forgive his biting wit, but they could never forgive his indifference. His indifference and his intelligence.” 1 likes
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