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The star of Roberto Bolaño's hair-raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits the 1973 coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry, a multimedia enterprise involving sky-writing, poetry, torture, and photo exhibitions.

For our unnamed narrator, who first encounters this "star" in a college poetry workshop, Ruiz-Tagle become
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Paperback, 150 pages
Published December 17th 2004 by New Directions (first published January 1st 1996)
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Kris
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sawsan
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
روبرتو بولانيو يكتب عن شيلي فترة السبعينيات وما بعدها, ويسجل الواقع السياسي والأدبي
الراوي يحكي عن أصدقاؤه من الكُتاب والشعراء وجلساتهم في ورشات الشعر
حياتهم وأحوالهم بعد الانقلاب العسكري على الرئيس سلفادور الليندي عام 1973
بين حالات اضطهاد واعتقال واختفاء اليساريين, وتمكُن بعضهم من الهرب
ويتتبع أثر الشاعر الطيار, أحد التابعين للسلطة عبر سنين للكشف عن هويته وجرائمه
سرد بولانيو متشابك ومزدحم, يتذكر خلاله العديد من الأدباء والشعراء في أمريكا اللاتينية
Hakan
Jan 26, 2017 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
Steven Godin
This short novel, that flew through the dark clouds covering an eerie 70's era Chile was a breathtaking and chilling narrative that I wish could have gone on for so much longer. Intriguing, with a hidden sinister element, Bolaño seeks to make sense of Chile's turbulent past. He takes his obsession with poets, adds the Chilean Air Force and in particular one Carlos Wieder, to create a compelling read that despite it's short length, turned out to be the best of work I have read so far.

Turn up any
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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
Hakan
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bolano gücü: okuru önce basit cümlelerle hikayenin içine, sonra hikayeden, hikayenin parçası olduğu gerçekliğe ve nihayet bir insanlık durumuna, insanlığa çekmek, orada sorularla başbaşa bırakıp çekilmek. uzak yıldız, şili'deki askeri darbeyle hayatları değişen genç şairlerin hikayesi değil sadece, fazlası ya da ötesi.

bolano okumamış olanlara, başlangıç romanı olarak önerebilirim uzak yıldız'ı. bana yıllar önce önerilirken söylendiği gibi, hiç sevmeyebilirsiniz bolano'yu ya da sonrasında başka
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Jaguar Kitap
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uzak Yıldız'da geçen şu satırlar her yazar/yazar adayına bir "ata öğüdü" gibidir: "Ésta es mi última transmisión desde el planeta de los monstruos. No me sumergiré nunca más en el mar de mierda de la literatura. En adelante escribiré mis poemas con humildad y trabajaré para no morirme de hambre y no intentaré publicar”
"Bu benim canavarlar gezegeninden son yayınım. Bundan sonra edebiyatın boktan denizinde boğulmayacağım. Bir köşede alçakgönüllü bir şekilde şiirlerimi yazacağım ve açlıktan geberme
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Bülent Özgün
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8/10

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 geçt
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Coos Burton
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leerlo me tomó apenas unos pocos días, pero como tengo la maldita costumbre de marcar el "currently reading" antes de siquiera sentarme a leer, figura como si hubiera estado una eternidad leyéndolo. La aclaración viene porque en realidad es un libro muy corto y sencillo de abordar, y la historia realmente es muy llevadera, se lee muy rápido. Yo creo que es un buen policial con toques de terror, y si es muy exagerado asociarlo con éste último género, le pega al palo. La historia sigue la linea de ...more
Guille
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5

Permitidme empezar el comentario dando las gracias (muchas gracias) a mi cabezonería sin cuyo empuje y determinación no hubiera sido posible la lectura de esta novela. Gracias por animarme a volver a Bolañó tras el mediano éxito que tuvieron conmigo sus detectives salvajes (prometo solemnemente una atenta relectura). Gracias porque no paró de incitarme a continuar a pesar de que el recelo con el que empecé no disminuyó tras las primeras páginas, todo lo contrario, no era capaz de encontrar su
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Biron Paşa
Bolano yolculuğunda üçüncü kitabım. Hemen hemen yazarın tarzını anladığımı söyleyebilirim. Kaba bir özetle şöyle söyleyebiliriz: Metnin temelini oluşturan yapıştırıcı amaçlı bir öykünün arasına giren, metnin esas meselesi olmasa da yazarın ve esas öykünün dünyasını derinleştiren yan öyküler. En sevdiğim anlatı biçimlerinden biridir bu. Bolano da herhalde okuduğum en hikayeci yazar.

Bu hikayeciliği İhsan Oktay Anar gibi birbirinden kopuk bir biçimde anlatmıyor. Çünkü zaten arka planda işlenen bir
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Araceli.libros
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2017, reviewed
Cuando leí la sinopsis, el argumento de esta novela me llamó mucho la atención. Pero la verdad es que no hay "argumento", casi no hay "trama" propiamente dicha. Nos encontramos con una serie de retratos de personajes, que el narrador va describiendo, uno tras otro; aunque, el eje central es Carlos Wieder: fascista, poeta, aviador, fotógrafo, asesino. En la novela se nos va contando lo que se sabe de él, se trata de reconstruir su historia y se pondera sobre su conexión con los años convulsos de ...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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julieta
May 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Alejandra Restrepo B.
Admirable la carrera de Bolaño, su historia sí que podría ser un libro de superación personal.
Me contaron que este señor fue autodidacta, que dejó Chile antes del golpe de estado y fue primero a México y luego a España donde desempeñó oficios varios como cualquier inmigrante de bajos recursos, empieza a participar en concursos de narrativa y escribe sin parar. En 1998 se gana el premio Herralde y en el 99 el premio Rómulo Gallegos con Los detectives salvajes. Pero cuando empieza a ser tan recono
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Andrew
May 11, 2008 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
Konstantina August
☆ 3.5/5 ☆ Μια μικρή ιστορία για τη σχέση της βίας και της διαστροφής με την τέχνη. Σκοτεινό, ατμοσφαιρικό και παράλληλα σαρκαστικό, με τον ιδιαίτερο τρόπο με τον οποίο αντιλαμβάνεται και περιγράφει τη πραγματικότητα ο Bolaño, να ξεχωρίζει σε ορισμένα σημεία ακόμα περισσότερο κι από την ίδια την ιστορία. ❣
Sara Mazzoni
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roberto Bolaño riprende il capitolo conclusivo di La letteratura nazista in America, un racconto di una decina di pagine, e lo espande nel romanzo breve Stella distante. Entrambi i libri vengono pubblicati nel 1996.

Il racconto, nella sua sintesi, funzionava già a dovere. Quello che il romanzo perde in compattezza, lo recupera in aperture: è vero che la sua parabola, raccontata in pochi paragrafi, aveva un’efficacia enorme nel cogliere quel tema di cui Bolaño parla spessissimo, cioè il male asso
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Javiera Paz
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sólo Bolaño puede crear -convincentemente- un escenario en donde un militar torturador, es a la vez un poeta avant garde. Una novela corta, oscura, y fascinante.
Joni
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siguiendo la linea de La literatura nazi en America metiéndose a fondo con una de sus historias, me resultó igual que la mencionada, de escritura perfecta tiene el mismo problema, parece ser un capitulo de una enciclopedia, pero todo pura ficción.
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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Barbara
A book about poets in Chile during the 1973 coup d'etat, specifically Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an aviator. Ruiz-Tagle's real name was Carlos Wieder, and he had been part of the Chilean Air Force. Throughout this short novel, he appears and disappears, and there are sightings in unusual places such as a prison for political dissidents. It is not always obvious who the leftists are, the right wingers, or the Nazis. Some claim to be poets and not political. Was that possible in the Chile of that era? Th ...more
Juan-Pablo
Aug 08, 2011 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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oguz kaan
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

*1970'lerin karanlık Şili siyasetinin şiir ve edebiyat çevresinde ki etkilerini, bir kaybın üzerinden ve o dönemde kaybolan, kayboldurulan insanlardan bahsediyor. Ölümün, şiddetin sürekli perdede olduğu her anın içinde köşede beklediğini hissettiriyor bunun dönemin bir yansıması olduğunu söylemekte mümkün.

**Anlatıcısının hayatına bir anda sokuyor okuyucuyu Bolano fakat bu "anlatıcının" romanı değil. Tarihin ve çağın en farklı şiir akımlarından birini başlatan adamı arayışın romanıydı. Okumanızı
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Javier Avilés
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A causa de la novela gráfica recientemente publicada y que no hay forma de encontrar en goodreads, volví a leer esta magnífica y concentrada inmersión en el Mal de la dictadura de Pinochet. En el Mal en general. Y en la justicia.
Ligia R.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una maravilla, sin más.
Lee
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Roger Brunyate
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Literary Keyholes

In The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro painted an England as seen by the butler of a large house, whose keyhole view of the world, circumscribed by the minutiae of place-setting and gong-ringing, is so narrow that the truly great events—the approach to World War—can be seen only in narrow glimpses. Roberto Bolaño also writes of horror, but his particular keyhole is literature, especially avant-garde poetry and literary criticism. Almost all the books of his that I have read o
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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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Michael
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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.” 16 likes
“Suddenly drawing courage from nowhere, he decided he was not going to die. Now or never, he thought, and began to swim back up. It seemed to take forever to reach the surface and then he could hardly manage to keep himself afloat, but he did. That afternoon he learnt to swim without arms, like an eel or a snake. In the current socio-political climate, he said to himself, committing suicide is absurd and redundant. Better to become an undercover poet.” 2 likes
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