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Неволите на истинския полицай е започнат в края на 80-те години и писан до смъртта на автора. Както и 2666, това е незавършен, но не и непълен роман, тъй като за автора е важно не да го завърши, а да го развива непрекъснато. Това е най-добрият Боланьо заради творческото въображение, заради идентифицирането му с неудачниците, заради неговата етика, която не се нуждае от ети ...more
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Published 2016 by Рива (first published 2011)
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Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bolaño completists
Recommended to Jenn(ifer) by: Harper's
Shelves: read-in-2013, poc

It’s like my friend made me this sandwich – the fresh, artisan bread was so good it could have been a meal all by itself. I was famished, and I blindly took a big bite of the sandwich only to find to my surprise that between the two delectable slices of bread was a strange mix of avocado, cherry cordials and some sort of fabric that I think might have been silk or some sort of synthetic silk – I’m not quite sure. All of the ingredients on their own were good enough, but thrown together in this s
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Life, of course, which puts the essential books under our noses only when they are strictly essential, or on some cosmic whim

The Part about Death

Roberto Bolano, apparently, worked on this novel from roughly 1980 until his death in 2003. He never published it. It's not a finished novel. He mentioned it from time to time to people by the name it's been published with, but it just sat on his computer in files in various states of completion.

Sort of like, say, Pale King.

Pale King was a self-contain
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amalfitano remembered a time when he believed that nothing happened by chance, everything happened for some reason, but when was that time? He couldn't remember, all he could remember was that at some point this was what he believed.

Calvino notes in his Six Memos that Borges began writing fiction as a particular exercise; he would imagine philosophical novels that had been poorly translated into Spanish and write synopses of such. Bolaño's own inchoate 20 year project most likely gave birth to 2
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, translation
unlike most writers, for whom each work of fiction is a realm only unto itself, roberto bolaño freely shared characters, settings, storylines, and major themes throughout his novels and short stories. so it is with woes of the true policeman (los sinsabores del verdadero policía), a novel begun by the late chilean in the 1980s and left unfinished at the time of his death in 2003. first published in his native spanish in 2011, woes of the true policeman is a well-polished, if incomplete, effort. ...more
Read By RodKelly
My seventeenth Bolañoverse excursion is quizzical & fragmentary novelistic conversation between the RB of 2666 & the morons, losers, whores & poets that eke philosophy into platitudes of diseased wisdom; this 'strange mnemotechnical epiphany' of madnesses without asylum, corpses flung & strewn upon the desolate necropolis of Sonora, oaths made & forgotten in contradictory letters flicked across oceans between lovers incarnate of the impossibility of lasting happiness.

Bolaño endlessly shifts styl
Chad Post
Interested to see what my students think of this book. Aside from an excerpt from 2666 that I gave them earlier in the semester, the vast majority have never read Bolano, in which case, this might not feel quite so unfinished and sloppy. I understand the monetary and non-monetary reasons why these Bolano books are coming out, yet at the same time, this is kind of a disservice to his reputation and could backfire and, instead of drawing new readers into the world of amazing Bolano books, turn the ...more
Ted Mooney
This volume, which Bolaño is said to have worked on from the 1980s until his death in 2003, is most likely to appeal to hard-core Bolañistas and novelists like myself, though it is full of interesting bits. It seems to be a side project to his masterly 2666, also left in a state of incompletion (though you wouldn’t know this unless you were told) at his death, and involves some of the same characters that appear in that novel, Amalfito and Rosa in particular. However, the versions of these chara ...more
Bill Crane
I have read nearly everything by Bolano. At his best you are carried along by his rhetorical flow, and the story itself does not necessarily have to lead anywhere (although it is nice if it does.)

He is not at his best here, though... despite a fairly defensive note from his widow at the end of the novel claiming otherwise, this was clearly an effort that he had picked up several times and then abandoned. The best parts of the story he scavenged for 2666's Part Two, including the same Oscar Amalf
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1970-present, prose
The stream of posthumous Bolaño publications is slowly coming to an end. The inside of the dust jacket on Woes of the True Policeman calls this his "last, unfinished novel." I really thought I'd have a lot to say about this. I finished it sooner than I expected, and unlike David Foster Wallace's The Pale King or Bolaño's also unfinished (though to a much lesser extent than Woes) 2666, Woes really feels incomplete. The ending of this published book is, however, still fitting, and I love how Bolañ ...more
Paul Gleason
In my estimation, Bolano is the greatest writer to come out of Latin America since the great Boom of the 1960s. It's a no-brainer that The Savage Detectives and 2666 are two of the greatest novels ever written and that Bolano holds his own with any novelist who's put pen to paper.

Which brings us to Woes of the True Policeman, which is the last of Bolano's posthumous novels (he died of liver failure in 2003 and sadly never got to see the international success of his work).

What is Woes? Well, it's
Of all the posthumous - of course not including 2666 - R. Bolano releases this is the best hands down despite its incompleteness as the wonderful prose and vast knowledge of the author are on full display; the five component parts - whose origination is discussed after the end of the book - are of three kinds; the first 3 follow the semi-picaresque adventures of a Latin American study academic and his teenage daughter as he is booted from place to place when his homosexual inclinations are disco ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one for Bolano diehards, others should watch out for what they're in for here and probably start with Savage Detectives or By Night In Chile. It's largely a series of sketches of characters and themes that would be vastly expanded and refined in 2666 but it still has its moments. Personally, I could read Bolano's sketches of imaginary novels for an entire book and probably not get bored. But other times, at its worst, it feels like it's only the new footage of a "director's cut" witho ...more
Peter Evans
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roberto Bolaño ranks as one of my most revered writers. It was obviously sad to finish what was said to be his last work to be published; and further, that it could not take its suggested place as the final section of 2666. The writing is of course infectious, and Natasha Wimmer is an extraordinary translator. It is time to re-read all his great works.
I read the translation by Natasha Wimmer into English of Roberto Bolaño’s final, unfinished novel Woes of the True Policeman. I think that I should have started with his most famous book The Savage Detectives instead. I actually started reading that in 2005 when a fellow in my Spanish class recommended it to me but I didn’t finish it. I didn’t love Woes of the true policeman! It was faithfully compiled posthumously by his publisher and maybe if he had completed it himself I would have liked it m ...more
I hate giving three stars to a Bolaño book, but 'Woes' is clearly more of an unfinished compendium of character sketches than a novel. Much as I appreciate the book's existence as a supplement to Bolaño's magnum opus, '2666,' it remains just that: rough sketches of certain plot elements from the aforementioned tome.

Other than the minor changes explored below the book remains consistent with '2666.' All in all, though, it's still a fun and easy read, and I recommend it to anyone who has read '26
Joe Cummings
At least I've read. At least I can still read, he said to himself, at once dubious and hopeful.

Don't read this book. If you've never read anything by Roberto Bolaño, definitely don't read this book. It's not really fair to even call Woes of the True Policeman 2012 translation by the talented Natasha Wimmer's 2012 excellent translation of Bolaño's Los sinsabores del verdadero policia a book, much less a novel. Kakfa asked that his unfinished writing be destroyed after he died, and Dostoevsky
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were moments, mid-text, that I nearly forgot that this is an unfinished work. After all, Woes of the True Policeman isn’t the first of Bolaño’s works to experiment with fragmentation (in both phrase and plot), and there are also some stunningly beautiful passages. The five-page, single sentence barrage that glosses Amalfitano’s life is powerful--enough so that I got to wondering why it didn’t make the 2666 cut. But this early passage proved to be an exception. As other reviewers have noted ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Northern Mexico, this novel has similarities to 2666, but doesn't focus on the Juarez murders. It's about an itinerant exiled professor who is booted out of his Spanish job when he begins a gay affair with a well-drawn character who is an artist, and one of his students. I appreciate Bolano's comfort with homosexuality in a way rarely seen among American straight authors of his generation. If you do nothing else, find this book and read pgs 20-24, which, in a single sentence is the most b ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was very refreshing to have read another of Roberto Bolaño's books. I had become facinated with him since reading 2666, and have been devouring his works since then. The last one I read, maybe a few years ago, was The Third Reich, which was ok, but not great, and since then I put off Bolaño for a while. That is until I revisited the first few pages of 2666 and then was loaned a copy of Woes of the True Policeman. This was everything I expected from Bolaño, which is a lot. You walk away from t ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this made me feel a wave of sadness that this novel is to be Bolano's unfinished and last work to be published. Hyper, surreal and darkly comedic, the novel is a continuation of the adventures of Professor Amaltifano of Bolano's sprawling "2666", his daughter, Rosa who disappears in Book II of the latter work; the works of Archimboldi, who serves as the catalyst of "2666's" plot in motion as well as Amaltifano's former lovers; young and hypersexual students Castillo and Padilla who serve ...more
bolano had more talent and verve in his control than most any writer one could name. this "novel", written of moer than two decades, was unfinished upon author;s death, and like greg says, probably never would have been published if roberto had anything to say about it, but he doesn't, so it was. more like a primer for his "real" novel, 2666, sets the stage for the investigation and players in the mexico border murders of 100's of women. but this novel centers around gay professor and dad who va ...more
Eleanor Levine
Not bad. Not great. Definitely convoluted and not my favorite narrative, but certainly captivating enough with regard to the Professor and his daughter Rosa and his lover Padilla. There are some riveting parts in this unfinished novel and others you just might skip, depending on your urgency to finish it so you might read the next book on your list. Bolano is one of my favorites, and this was worth the read, to some extent. His satirical list of famous poets, and what they are famous for, is hil ...more
I read The Savage Detectives last year and ever since I wanted to read more Bolano. Woes of the True Po9liceman starts off very promisingly. Any person who really loved reading a Bolano novel would love it. But then there occur many very interesting parallel stories which do not meet cohesively by the end because of the novel wasn't completed. Don't please start reading Bolano with this. REst, if you want to buy it don't hesitate if there is nothing interesting around. There are some really love ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm, definitely not a novel but sketches, with boring stretches (rhyme intended). I thought I'd put it down around the middle of this "novel," but then I persisted, believing in Bolano's magic, and then it happened after I got over the bump and I was glad I didn't quit. Fragmented, yes. Kind of unsatisfactory, yes. But then there are JEWELS here of classic Bolano of 2666.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is Roberto Bolano.
Even though it is unfinished, at times confusing and overall doesn't make sense, it is brilliant, colorful, passionate and exquisite masterpiece.
It is Roberto Bolano.
Lee Foust
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had read every novel written by Roberto Bolano, then I came across this one on my Kindle, which I guess I had pirated some time ago, and began reading it on the airplane as I winged my way across the Atlantic to that New World dictatorship soon to be known as Trumplandia.

OK, first of all this is Bolano's apparently last unfinished novel, and one that he'd been working on since the 1980s, and which he cannibalized heavily for 2666. Therefore I wouldn't read this before reading 2666, i
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Roberto Bolaño's sprawling and ambitious final (or sort of final) novel 2666, it of that most enigmatic of enigmatic titles, nearly ten years ago, temporarily finding myself, a young Canadian man about to turn thirty, in the California desert, where I has gone to sober up and gather myself in the wake of calamity and many year's spent living an out-of-control existence often perilously at death's door. I had read THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES a couple years previously, in hardcover, at a time whe ...more
Frank D'hanis junior
Kind of a romanesque background dossier to 2666, mainly of Amalfitano. I enjoyed its fleeting narrative very much, it has this kind of postmodern vibe, nothing is definitive, it's all playful, and it lacks the dreary, but fascinating tone of 2666 with all the murdered girls.
Stephen Russell
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this after 2666, wanting to know more about Oscar Amalfitano. The book, found incomplete after the author’s death, was shepherded to publication by his extraordinary widow, Carolina Lopez. It contains some of the most extraordinary language craft I’ve had the joy of reading. And yes, not just Oscar, but Rosa, and another iteration of Arcimboldi (note spelling change) are further illuminated in this ambitious text.
Soso  Chauchidze
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant companion piece to his absolute maverick, 2666
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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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“[Los alumnos de Almafitano aprendieron...]
Que la principal enseñanza de la literatura era la valentía, una valentía rara, como un pozo de piedra en medio de un paisaje lacustre, una valentía semejante a un torbellino y a un espejo. Que no era más cómodo leer que escribir. Que leyendo se aprendía a dudar y a recordar. Que la memoria era el amor.”
“According to Padilla, remembered Amalfitano, all literature could be classified as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. Novels, in general, were heterosexual. Poetry, on the other hand, was completely homosexual. Within the vast ocean of poetry he identified various currents: faggots, queers, sissies, freaks, butches, fairies, nymphs, and philenes. But the two major currents were faggots and queers. Walt Whitman, for example, was a faggot poet. Pablo Neruda, a queer. William Blake was definitely a faggot. Octavio Paz was a queer. Borges was a philene, or in other words he might be a faggot one minute and simply asexual the next.” 3 likes
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