A cuatro profesores de literatura, Pelletier, Morini, Espinoza y Norton, los une su fascinación por la obra de Beno von Archimboldi, un enigmático escritor alemán cuyo prestigio crece en todo el mundo. La complicidad se vuelve vodevil intelectual y desemboca en un peregrinaje a Santa Teresa (trasunto de Ciudad Juárez), donde hay quien dice que Archimboldi ha sido visto. Ya...more
it comes out in november.
no spoilers. just here to make three points:
1) the blood and guts
2) the disaster
3) the women
1) y’know that bookbuzz you get when you’re walking around the world and it’s all colored with the life of the book you’re reading? 894 pages of bolano’s epic and i felt like the guy in those 50s sci-fi movies who gets shrunk down real small and is injected into someone’s body. except it’s a book. and i’m in ...more
Adam Kirsch of Slate.com writes that "2666 is an epic of whispers and details, full of buried structures and intuitions that seem" ...more
Nothing I write will do this book any justice. I wish I had the time to write a deep thought provoking essay on this modern masterpiece but instead I will write a few words about how I felt about this book and how greatly it impacted me.
This book hurt my brain and touched my heart. It was magical, frightening, beautiful, harrowing, shocking, mesmerizing and exceptional. At times this book entered my dreams at night and I pondered about it during ...more
Divided into five loosely conne ...more
Now let me unpack that a little. 2666 is a book about masterpieces; it is a book about writing books that don’t quite fit literary conventions. As readers, ...more
This big, fat book sat lifeless, intimidating, unread on my shelf for several years. I loved the cover, but I didn't particularly like the shape of the book itself. It was a brick. Somehow its dimensions seemed to be disproportionate. For a long time, I made excuses, then, finally, prompted by two GR friends, I made a spontaneous decision. I opened it and started to read...
I immersed myself in a world of revelation for ten days. I still feel the preternatural reverberations.
What does an author do when they w ...more
CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH BETWEEN INFINITE JEST BY DAVID FOSTER WALLACE AND 2666 BY ROBERTO BOLANO
IJ : choose your weapons, fatso.
2666: Fuck man, what is this, the 14th century?
IJ : I didn’t organise this, I don’t make the rules
2666: what’s going on here anyway? We were both written by dead guys and now they have cruelly pitted us against each other for the tacky/>CELEBRITY ...more
There are so many plot elements, diversions, and ideas in this book that it felt like drinking from a firehose. And, boy, did it quench my thirst. Bolaño doesn’t preac ...more
A five-book moribund monsterpiece from Chile’s most profitable and posthumously prodigious literary export. Each book has its own narrative identity while retaining the Bolaño stamp: sprawling sentences savaged by commas, a free indirect style where dialogue blends with prose and narrative position hops from person to person, strange poetic waves of readable and glorious prose, and nasty sex. The Part About the Critics is the funniest section: a suckerpunch satire where a cast of lone ...more
Bolaño's writi ...more
Orderly breakdown. Craftiness probably. Incomplete and terribly composed. All the same some impressions, first layers of what has been deposited, without analysis effort, during this split reading in several nights.
The ironic charm of the first part, the critics, the colloquia, an image of the literary life, and these four, drawn in broad strokes, like types, who come to life and love each other. Cutting, small b ...more
The novel is unfinished, though not so much in the sense of being incomplete, but it lacks polish, as if Bolaño did not have sufficient time for revision before he died. It is beautifully paced. A ...more
There were times when reading 2666 that I feared it was going to kill my love of reading. Kill it like some death toll statistics. Impersonal and I wasn't there. Somewhere far away, at someone else's hands. I'd forget my longings and not pick up another book. My hands eyes would ...more
Overall I found this a very stimulating reading experience, but n ...more
1. have read the book
2. know me personally
3. are interested in things I am interested in
4. are interested in things I think Bolaño was interested in
5. enjoy reading something you know could be expressed more simply.
This was a personal read for me because of course I was there when I read it. This felt however like a very impersonal book. Or at least a book concern/>1. ...more
2666 is a metaphysical necropolis of the cavernously hidden trepidation and disparagement that fre ...more
Imagine that you are walking along a trail; it ...more
Reportage, (probably) not Reviewage .....
I’ve already, even before I read them, paired this brick with DeLillo’s brick. So no complaints.
The two have a few superficial things in common. Probably more than superficial, especially taking into account how my reading habits and predilections filtered them. Again, no complaints please.
First is obvious and let’s just round up or down to a nice round eight or 900 pages each. Second, they are both wildly popular ...more
I started out liking this book, found it fascinating and darkly funny in the Kafka sense. From there the humor was either lost, or, later, shifted ...more
A group of Academic Lit Nerds are mutually obsessed with an obscure novelist, and become obsessed with tracking him down in the flesh, which leads to a rather conventional but gripping opening act of this vast novel in five acts.
The next two acts are equally conventional in their narratives, and equally gripping, but progressively darker, centered as they are in a northern Mexican city consumed by an outbreak of unsolved and gruesome murders of young women.
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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 ...more