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1128 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 2004
humanizes not only the women and their families but the corrupt police and even the murder suspects. It’s a perfect fusion of subject and method: The real-world horror anchors Bolaño’s dreamy aesthetic, producing an impossibly powerful hybrid of political anger and sophisticated art.Berger also describes the style of Part 4 by saying that the murders are described "in a neutral, matter-of-fact style that serves to humanize the victims."
’He chose The Metamorphosis over The Trial, he chose Bartleby over Moby-Dick, he chose A Simple Heart over Bouvard and Pecuchet, and A Christmas Carol over A Tale of Two Cities or The Pickwick Papers. What a sad paradox, thought Amalfitano. Now even bookish pharmacists are afraid to take on the great, imperfect, torrential works, books that blaze paths into the unknown. They choose the perfect exercises of the great masters. Or what amounts to the same thing: they want to watch the great masters spar, but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against that something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench.’
“…el libro está vivo y es poderoso, fructificador y capaz de promover el pensamiento y la discusión solamente cuando su forma, intencionalidad y plan no se comprenden, debido a que el momento de captar la forma, la intencionalidad y el plan coincide con el momento en que no queda ya nada por extraer.” Doris LessingFue en los albores del siglo XXI que se empezó a hablar del 2666 como una fecha mítica, quizá el momento de una revolución, quizá fuera el fin del mundo, no estaba claro, tiempos adolescentes en los que, aun con miedo, la gente pensaba que el cambio era posible, que había respuestas, y que no era todo, como ya sabemos desde hace tiempo, una sucesión infinita de preguntas cada vez más complejas, lo que, ahora que el ajedrez es aburridamente trivial, no deja de ser un deporte estimulante.
“En realidad nunca dejamos de ser niños, niños monstruosos llenos de pupas y de varices y de tumores y de manchas en la piel, pero niños al fin y al cabo, es decir nunca dejamos de aferrarnos a la vida puesto que somos vida.”En este contexto apareció “2666” como una de esas afortunadas serendipias, un meme tan fecundo y eficiente como aquel muerto en la cruz oculto entre ladrones, una novela que como las grandes obras maestras iba a ser la semilla de la que partirían tantas y tantas otras obras menores escritas como al dictado de la madre de la que habían surgido. Bolaño y su novela, confusa, enigmática, ambigua, se convirtieron en objeto de congresos, estudios, análisis, numerosos escritores siguieron su estela elevando su fama a niveles nunca queridos por el propio autor que siempre denostó la fama por encontrarla irreconciliable con la literatura. Se crearon grupos de estudio, cátedras, se hacían documentales, debates en televisión, cientos de blogs especializados eran seguidos por millones de jóvenes y no tan jóvenes que discutían acaloradamente las miles de teorías, cada una más excéntrica que la otra, que aparecían en todas las redes sociales.
Marcel Duchamp - "Unhappy Readymade" (1919)
The readymade must be exposed to life before it can be happy...or wise.
I. The Part About the Critics - about the four critics who have read some of the books of a mysterious writer called Archimboldi. Their search for him led them to a town called Santa Teresa in Mexico.So, I don't agree with one of my friends saying that you can skip Parts II, III and IV and you will still understand this book. All the parts are important for you to know the complete story.
II. The Part About Amalfitano - about a professor who has also read some books of the writer, Archimboldi. He and his insane wife and daughter Rosa live in Santa Teresa and Oscar Amalfitano entertains the inquiring 4 critics.
III. The Part About Fate - about a reporter whose name is Fate. He is sent by his boss to cover a boxing match in Santa Teresa. While there, he discovers the disappearance of many young women. This part serves as a prelude to Part IV especially due to the character Chucho Flores.
IV. The Part About Crime - 121 dead young women. Age ranges from 11 to maybe early 40's. Mostly from Santa Teresa. Most of them were penetrated in both vagina and anus before the murderers finished them off by strangulation. Most of them also had broken hyoid bone, sliced off breast and/or bitten off nipple. Most of them were workers in maquiladoras (manufacturing operations in a free trade zones near US-Mexican borders).
V. The Part About Archimboldi - about the author of those books read by those people in parts I & II. I will not tell you anything more because that would be too much of a spoiler. Suffice it to say that this part is my favorite among the 5.
Friend # 1:"He did not tie up the many loose ends."Huh? Which ones?
Friend # 2:"By the time I finished, I was left with more questions than answers...What is 2666 really all about?"In the Notes to the First Edition, it says "...2666 itself, the date upon which the hole novel rests." So, it is like the vanishing point not only when everyone in the novel would be dead but when the world would end (prophetic Bolano?).
Friend # 3:"But, as you read, it becomes evident that the stories and motifs are going nowhere"Yes, this could be true only if you did not read carefully or until the last page.
Friend # 4:"If you are looking for punishment and a reason to quit, head to Part IV."True, but I think the idea here is to desensitize the reader about those repeated mention of rape and murder. At first, I was bothered too but there was a point when I asked, what if one of them was my dear 17-y/o daughter? I would I feel? Also, it heightens the emotional denial of the in the last part.
Friend #5:"There are to (sic) many non connecting story lines."True, but I thought it is Bolano's style. His one of the show-offs. Think of Pynchon, Wallace, Barth or even Dickens. They write and write as if to prove that they are good writers and can make you engaged even up to almost or more than a thousand pages.
Friend # 6:"I have put this book down. Maybe I will pick it up again if I need to impress someone."Uh-oh, I decided to read this book because it is a 1001 and I am into that quest. My wife was not impressed because she had to injure the light in the bedroom that I had to open very early in the morning. But, yeah, some girls look up to guys who are readers.