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Лумпенско романче

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,053 ratings  ·  346 reviews
Деветият и последен роман на Роберто Боланьо, издаден приживе първоначално в Испания, а после и в Аржентина.

През 2013 г. романът е екранизиран от чилийската режисьорка Алисия Шерсон под заглавие „Бъдещето“ и печели същата година наградата на KNF (Асоциация на холандските филмови критици) в категорията най-добър филм на кинофестивала в Ротердам.

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Paperback, 104 pages
Published 2016 by Рива (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 a
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
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 (

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
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
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5, rounded up.

I'd always been a bit intimidated by Roberto Bolaño, fearing both the length and presumed complexity of his major works, so this was a good introduction for me. And though I am not quite sure I understood all that was going on, or intended (I have a sneaky suspicion there is an entire layer of subtext flying completely over my head!), I enjoyed this brief but jam-packed shorter work.

In a way, this reminded me of some of the early works of Pinter (especially The Birthday Party),
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Little Lumpen Novelita is my first Roberto Bolaño. I have no room for additional favorite novelists in my mind, my bookshelves, or my teetering to-read piles. But based upon
A Little Lumpen Novelita, and especially its disconcerting portrayal of unrootedness, I may need to make room for more Roberto Bolaño. 4.5 stars
Lee Klein
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.
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
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
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
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: Josh
Shelves: fiction, 2014
So much strangeness, so much sadness.
Roger Brunyate
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Little, but not so Lumpen

I got this from the library, and enjoyed it. I'm glad I did not purchase it, though; at a market price of $19.25, this comes to over a quarter per page of text. Not to say that it is not a beautifully printed book, pleasant to hold, easy to read, and with an evocative cover. But given that there are two blank pages, and often three, between each short chapter, the 109 pages in the book are reduced to about 65 of actual text. Not a good bargain. It seems that Bolaño'
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
Greg Lehman
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this newest release from the Bolaño archives that keep turning up from his estate. This is definitely one of Bolaño's more approachable stories, on par with "The Skating Rink," which also involves female protagonists and lives immersed in loneliness and crime. It's a strange experience to read this last translation of his (for now, no doubt more are on the way), and to read it after seeing the film adaptation "Il Futuro" (which I loved, director Alicia Scherson and leads Manuela Martelli ...more
Hafizz Nasri
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did not expect much though the title was enticing, was hoping it has a strong point plot but it was just a simple story telling from a girl point of view. A one sitting read, short and very straightforward. Loving the narrator on how she puts every words to her story-- her thoughts and feelings, those annoyance, pleasure and obsessiveness. A past story about her teenager's life that still lingering, it might sound like a rambling kind of but it was structured well. Quite fast-paced and I think t ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like pretty much all of Bolano I've read so far, but this one really stuck out to me as being not finished or more like a sketch than a final draft. Like all of R.B. there are incredible passages and compelling technical moves, but all in all, it felt like this one didn't really need to be published as a stand-alone and could have been included in a collection instead. It's very short though--I think I read it in a little more than an hour--so for Bolano completists, it might be worth it. Mayb ...more
What am I missing in regard to Bolaño as an author? I tried reading The Savage Detectives once but never finished it. I read The Skating Rink a few years ago & it was fine, but nothing really memorable. And while this was also fine, not bad, I can't say it was anything special either. Obviously Bolaño is highly revered & loved as an author, yet I can't seem to connect to his works that I've read (or tried to read). I also have the feeling that, as a reader/outsider to the story, I'm being held a ...more
Another engrossing book by Bolaño. Two teenagers are orphaned in Rome, but with all the basic creature comforts. Lacking parental guidance, they follow a surreal, somewhat aimless path into amateur "crimes" which are unfocused and unimaginative.

This is my last of his novels before I take on 2666 . Fingers crossed, I'm looking for the penultimate Bolaño experience. Deseame buena suerte!
If I read this, not knowing who wrote it, I might have let it off easier. Immediately gripping, concise, I might have given it 4 stars, even with the itchy feeling it left me. But I expected more from RB than this sketch of a novella, and the holes left me fallen into disappointment.
I may change my mind, but the when I close a book thinking WTF, 3 seems generous
Evocative and well-written but very slight. Political unease, economic uncertainty, and personal tragedy are all touched on but so lightly that none leaves much of an impression. In some ways, despite its pleasing and concise form, this reads more like a sketch for something deeper and grander than as a fully realized novella in its own right.
Chad Post
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much better than that Murakami book . . . This really is a masterful little novella, and I'm looking forward to talking about it on our Three Percent podcast . . .
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
""How many children would you like to have?"
Feb 19, 2020 marked it as lemmed  ·  review of another edition


Given that the protagonist keeps boasting about her life of crime, she hasn't so much as stolen a pencil 30% into the story.

None of the other characters have names, not even her brother, which makes them feel about as fleshed out as cardboard cut-outs.

Also, it was boring.

And (view spoiler)
Pickle Farmer
A definitively minor work that is still enjoyable. A lot of it sounded very familiar to "The Secret of Evil" but I'd have to compare the texts in order to officially verify this. Themes include bodybuilding as art, orphanhood, sight and cinema. I liked the first part, with the sister and brother befriending the refugee bodybuilders, but the second half definitely sloooows down. Thankfully the book is short so it's not really a problem. Is the main theme of this work the innate appeal of the visu ...more
Daniel Polansky
I keep thinking I've read all of Bolano's fiction and then I keep finding little bits I haven't – I hope this trend continues on indefinitely. The recollections of a would be gun moll, though of course Bolano's plots cannot really be reduced to thumbnails, this is one of the best of Bolano's 'lesser' works, here indicating length and not quality, for in fact I think his strengths might be, first and foremost, in the novella and the novelette. In any case, he is is in top form here; his writing i ...more
A strange little book. The parents of a teenage girl, Bianca, and her brother are killed in a car accident and the two are left on their own. Told in the the girl's words, the story has a dreamlike quality, although she says "night stopped existing and evertthing was constant sun and light."
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
I think the best part of this novella is the title and the last two paragraphs. Not much holds up this story which seems more like an early sketch for a longer novel. If you are looking to read Bolano, I'd read one of his earlier works.
Anne Frisbie
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read any Roberto Bolano before. This is a short novella - the last he wrote, I believe.

Amazing writer.

Story is depressing, enlightening about human nature and in ways strangely empowering.

I will read a novel by Bolano, for sure.
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
4.5/5 I couldn't put it down!
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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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