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Un romanzetto lumpen

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,557 ratings  ·  290 reviews
«Ormai sono una madre e anche una donna sposata, ma fino a non molto tempo fa ero una delinquente». Così comincia il breve, folgorante racconto dell'adolescenza di Bianca: ancora un personaggio, fra i tanti creati da Bolaño, che difficilmente dimenticheremo. Rimasti orfani dei genitori, Bianca e suo fratello scivolano a poco a poco in un'esistenza di ottusa marginalità, ch ...more
Paperback, Fabula , 124 pages
Published May 8th 2013 by Adelphi (first published 2002)
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Glenn Russell



Compelling. Fiercely compelling.

As if Roberto Bolaño dares a reader to put down his novelita after reading the first brief chapter.

"Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime." Bianca goes on to tell her story of the time in her life when she was a teenager living in the wake of both her parents killed in an automobile crash.

Bianca and her brother continue to live in the same family apartment in Rome supporting themselves on a combination of orphan pension an
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Jibran
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, hispanic
The real only stands for a different kind of unreality, a less random, more fleshed out unreality.

An Italian girl, Bianca, and her unnamed brother, two recently orphaned teenagers left alone in the world, struggle through the disaster of their parents' deaths in a car accident to make a new path for themselves.

The narrative is shaped by an undercurrent of sad foreboding in Bianca's voice, but it comes with a vein of an adolescent's insouciance towards the gravity of her situation, which ironica
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Mike Puma
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I think it’s inevitable for A Little Lumpen Novelita to not live up to the expectations of other completists, like myself. BUT, I’m pleased to not be in that number, not that other reactions are incorrect (what would that be?) or invalid (really? An ‘invalid’ reaction?) For me, at least, this fits rather nicely into his collected works, his oeuvre.

First, for those unaware: Lumpen refers to a social status, akin to that of an outcast or troublemaker, perhaps criminal. Old Marxists, like myself (

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Kyriaki
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-one-book
Είχα πολύ καιρό να διαβάσω βιβλίο που να με κάνει να χάσω την αίσθηση του χρόνου σε τέτοιο βαθμό, να με απορροφήσει τόσο πολύ, να μην θέλω να σηκώσω το κεφάλι μου. Το άνοιξα μια φορά και το έκλεισα μια όταν έφτασα στο τέλος. Είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο του Bolaño που διαβάζω και η αλήθεια είναι ότι το διάλεξα λίγο στην τύχη, επειδή έτσι, ήθελα να διαβάσω κάτι δικό του και μου άρεσε ο τίτλος του συγκεκριμένου και το πήρα. Μου άρεσε η γραφή, η ροή του, η ατμόσφαιρά του, η αίσθηση του, το τέλος του που δ ...more
Sofia
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Δεν έχει σημασία αν μιλάμε για μικρή ή μεγάλη φόρμα. Ο Μπολανιο ξέρει να σε μαγεύει.
Jonfaith
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
They weren’t his friends, though my brother chose to think they were.

Much like the apocryphal "last recordings" of Eric Dolphy which continued to arrive for years, the Bolaño caravan into English continues long after his death. There have been a number of jewels in recent years so I suppose a dud was inevitable. I am quick to qualify, the book is only inert as being an undercooked fancy. An Italian woman recounts her adolescence when after her parents died she and her brother were left to their
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Makis Dionis
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una Bolanita novelita.
Στα όρια του κλασικού θα τολμούσα να πω, ο Bolano παραδίδει μαθήματα γραφής, με επίκεντρο το βουβό πόνο.
Κινείται στο ρυθμο του παγοδρομίου κ του τρίτου Ράιχ
Comfortably
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Δε θυμάμαι πόσο καιρό έχω να διαβάσω βιβλίο χωρίς να σταματήσω, από την πρώτη σελίδα στην τελευταία. Φυσικά βοηθησαν και οι 119 σελίδες του. Μα, ο Μπολάνιο ποτέ δε σε απογοητεύει. Στέκεται πάντα γενναιόδωρος στον αναγνώστη του και δίνει την ολότητά του ανεξάρτητα από το μέγεθος του βιβλίου. Ευχαριστώ το φίλο μου που με παρότρυνε να το διαβάσω, επέμεινε και εν τέλει μου το έστειλε, με τη δική του γενναιοδωρία. Άντε και στα επόμενα!
Greg
I have no idea what the compulsion is. There are quite a few Bolaño books that I haven’t read yet, and which I don’t own. There are a couple of them that I own but which I haven’t read yet. So, I’m not sure what the compulsion was to buy this one in hardcover the day it was released. Maybe it was because there wasn’t much of interest that had come out that week? I don’t remember what other books were published that week. But, that doesn’t really answer the question since I buy so few books these ...more
Corto Maltese
Μπολάνιο κατώτερος του αναμενόμενου ωστόσο παραμένει Μπολάνιο.
George K.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century
Στη βιβλιοθήκη μου υπάρχουν κάμποσα βιβλία του Ρομπέρτο Μπολάνιο που περιμένουν για χρόνια ολόκληρα να διαβαστούν από την αφεντιά μου, αλλά η πρώτη μου επαφή με το έργο του μεγάλου αυτού συγγραφέα έμελλε να είναι η συγκεκριμένη νουβέλα -το τελευταίο έργο που έγραψε πριν πεθάνει-, την οποία αγόρασα πριν δυο-τρεις μέρες. Ε, τα κάνουμε που και που κάτι τέτοια κουλά εμείς οι βιβλιοφάγοι. Λοιπόν, πρόκειται για μια πραγματικά πολύ καλογραμμένη και ενδιαφέρουσα νουβέλα, συνδυασμός κοινωνικού δράματος κ ...more
Deniz Balcı
Söz konusu Bolano olduğunda nesnel bir yaklaşıma sahip olmam imkansız, zira yazar benim için iki elin parmak sayısını geçmeyen, en büyük gördüğüm ustaların başında yer alıyor.

Şilili yazarın 'Lümpen Roman'da kendine mekan seçtiği yer İtalya. Seda Ersavcı tarafından çevrilen bu novella Bolano'nun hayatta iken, kendi iradesiyle yayımladığı son kitap olma özelliğini taşıyor. Siyasi zulümlerin gölgesinde şekillenen, güçlü ve etkileyici büyük romanlara sahip olan Bolano burada çok daha butik bir öykü
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Hakan
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bolano muhteşem bir romancı. düşünce ile yazı ya da gerçeklik ile yazı arasındaki farkı neredeyse yok eden muhteşem bir yazar.

neredeyse çocukça bir basitlikte yazar. basit cümleler art arda sıralanır, birikir. bu birikimden sanki bir ışık fışkırır. ya da basit cümlelerin sonunda, o cümlelere benzemeyen başka bir cümle şimşek gibi çakar. cümlelerin ışığı bazen her şeyi aydınlatır, bazen de bir tür körlüğe sebep olur. cümleler, paragraflar, hikaye, tüm metin hem açık seçik gözünüzün önündedir, he
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Biron Paşa
Bolano'nun ölmeden önce yayınladığı son kitap Lümpen Roman; benim okuduğum diğer kitapları içerisinde en muğlak durumda olanı. Uzak Yıldız için Bolano'nun romancılığının basit bir tarifini yazmıştım, bu kitap o tarife uymuyor. Karşıma ilk kez hikayeci olmayan bir Bolano çıktı. Ve sanki Bolano'nun içindeki bütün Borgeslik çekilip alınmış, oyunbaz bir tarafı yok, daha ciddi, sessiz sakin bir kitap Lümpen Roman.

Lümpen roman anlatım biçiminin yanısıra, konu olarak da klasik Bolano'dan farklı olduğu
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LW
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un romanzetto canaglia Una novelita lumpen

È un racconto svelto , denso e scuro , con tante ombre e un poco di luce esitante .
La storia di Bianca e suo fratello , di due balordi senza nome, il libico e il bolognese , è raccontata dalla ragazza in prima persona, come un lungo flashback ,una storia di uccelli in una tormenta di sabbia, senza rumore e senza occhi , che veniva da un altro mondo
in una Roma irreale .

Adesso so che la vicinanza non esiste . Qualcuno ha sempre gli occhi chiusi .
Uno v
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Sevgi K.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-quixote
Bolaño'nun okudugum ilk kitabi, çevirmen olarak Seda Ersavcı'yı çok başarılı buldum zira ana karakterin düşünce dünyası yazar tarafindan sürükleyici bir kurguyla anlatılmış olsa da yer yer bir kelimenin bile farkli yorumlanmasi kurgunun hemen bozulmasına sebep olabilirdi. Ama cok guzel ve temiz bir ceviri olmuş.
Kitaba gelirsek yazar; ana karakterin yaşam mücadelesini ajitasyona döndürmeden anlatirken zamanla daha da soğukkanlilikla devam eden ahlaki gelişimini samimiyetten uzaklasmadan basarili
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Lee
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feels like a few days of consistent improvisation that came off well enough to call a novella, particularly the first half before the arrival of Maciste. Foreboding, anticlimactic, the tone of The Third Reich, sort of. Riffs reliant on outerspace. Making love. Always on the verge of some great violence. Worth an hour or so of your time.
Cem
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bolano okuyucunun merakını nasıl diri tutacağını çok iyi biliyor. Cümleler oldukça basit ve sade. Ama bu basitlik kesinlikle bir sıkıcılık yaratmıyor. Bir şeyi söylemek istiyorsa evirip çevirip uzatmıyor, hop diye söylüyor mesela. Çok hoşuma gitti anlatım tarzı. Bolano'nun tadı damağımda kaldı. En az bir romanını daha okumam lazım.
jeremy
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, translation
published in its original spanish shortly before his death, a little lumpen novelita (una novelita lumpen) is a slim, minor work likely to be of greatest interest to the bolaño completist. written in 2001, the novella, while far from being the late chilean's most accomplished effort, still bears the indelible markings of its weightier brethren.

as with so many of his works, a little lumpen novelita begins with a memorable epigraph:
all writing is garbage.
people who come out of nowhere to try an
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Lee Foust
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little tome engrossed and fascinated me. Oddly, and completely by chance, I read it concurrently with Joyce Carol Oates Beasts and the two novels made for interesting foils one for the other. While Beasts is about sexuality expressed criminally, A Little Lumpen Novelita is about crime expressed as sexuality. It's also, but very, very subtly--as the title suggests--political insomuch as the characters are caught not only in the traumatic state of their parents' unexpected death, but the econ ...more
Óscar González
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uno de los primeros trabajos de un Bolaño ya asentado en sus letras. La trama en sí no representa mayor complicación: una chica y su hermano, adolescentes, huérfanos, buscan la manera de sobrevivir en Roma. Para ello recurren a un par de tipos algo sospechosos y, en última instancia, a un ciego blanco y enorme. La protagonista y este último hombre dan los momentos e imágenes más memorables del relato, amén de una atmósfera de oscuridad bien lograda.

Bolaño sabe mantener un cierto nivel de tensión
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Emilia
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela muy corta y muy fácil de leer. Personajes muy sinceros por así decirlo y con una narración muy sensible. Una historia con temas que exploran la infelicidad y la sexualidad. Interesante lectura aunque no se acerca para nada a lo mejor de Bolaño. Recomendable para pasar el tiempo :)
Paul Fulcher
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Not just for completists but very worthwhile in its own right.

"Una novelita lumpen" was one of the last books Roberto Bolano published, in 2002 before his death in 2003. It's been translated into English as A Little Lumpen Novelita by Natasha Wimmer, who also translated Bolano's wonderful 2666.

The novel is narrated in the first person by Bianca, a teenager in Rome at the time of the story, and there is an air of foreboding from the opening line

"Now I'm a mother and a married woman, but not long
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Jordi Via
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me parece un buen cuento largo. Una buena novelita corta.
Por momentos me he sentido en mitad de una narración Murakamiana.
Arwen56
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzi, lett-cilena, cile
Strano racconto questo. Ambientato in Italia, vede un fratello e una sorella rimasti improvvisamente orfani dopo l’incidente stradale che ha coinvolto i genitori. Inizia così per loro un percorso di “straniamento” dalla vita, un ripiegarsi in se stessi che lascia quasi come unico contatto con la realtà quello distorto ed effimero trasmesso dalla televisione. A complicare la situazione, compaiono due amici del fratello (un bolognese e un libico praticamente indistinguibili) e un’improbabile ex st ...more
Gülüzar
"Başta hemen herkes iyidir fakat en nihayetinde herkes kötüdür."
Sebnem
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bolaño'nun karanlık atmosfer yaratmaktaki başarısı - diyorum. Başka söze de gerek yok sanırım.
Gandi Munkhjargal
Дэндүү сөрөг, ойлгомжгүй, бас замбраагүй.. Монсударын эрхлэн гаргасан энэ цувралын Арьсан Хүрэмтэй Мадонна нь их таалагдсан болохоор Люмпены тууж бас ялгаагүй таалагдах байх гэсэн буруу боджээ.
Blair
I read A Little Lumpen Novelita in its entirety within an hour, and it's one of those novellas that makes you want to read nothing but novellas. The story of Bianca and her short-lived 'life of crime' is perfectly formed, breathless and wonderfully strange. She - the narrator - lives alone, orphaned, with her brother, scratching a living until the arrival of her brother's two friends, silent and oddly compliant men referred to only as 'the Bolognan' and 'the Libyan'. These two, both of whom beco ...more
Daniel
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
¿Qué es lumpen? Esa fue la primera pregunta que me hice al sacar este libro de la biblioteca. Pensé que lumpen formaría parte de la larga lista de modismos chilenos. Efectivamente, lumpen es un término bien conocido por cualquier chileno pero que en España, al menos la que yo frecuento, no se estila.

Lumpen proviene del término marxista lumpenproletariado, donde lumpen, en alemán, significa “andrajoso”, “sinvergüenza”; palabra íntimamente ligada a otras ideas como marginación social, mendicidad,
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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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