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.
Автомобилна катастрофа преобр ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 (...more
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 ...more
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), ...more
A Little Lumpen Novelita, and especially its disconcerting portrayal of unrootedness, I may need to make room for more Roberto Bolaño. 4.5 stars
as with so many of his works, a little lumpen novelita begins with a memorable epigraph:
all writing is garbage....more
people who come out of nowhere to try an
"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 ...more
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' ...more
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! ...more
I may change my mind, but the when I close a book thinking WTF, 3 seems generous
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)[ I did not like grown men repeatedly having sex with a schoolgirl, and the author calling it 'making love' instead of statutory rape.
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Story is depressing, enlightening about human nature and in ways strangely empowering.
I will read a novel by Bolano, for sure.
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.