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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  25,672 ratings  ·  3,118 reviews
Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman—these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.
Paperback, 893 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Picador USA (first published 2004)
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Heinrich Dahms I think Bolano is like Zen: if you're looking for a point, you've missed it by definition and there's no point continuing. It's a waste of time. More…moreI think Bolano is like Zen: if you're looking for a point, you've missed it by definition and there's no point continuing. It's a waste of time. More importantly, it's ok not to like this kind of writing; it's not a bad reflection on you. Personally, when I pick a book up, I know by the end of page 1 whether this book is worth my time or not - if not, I put it down pronto and will never pick it up again. Life is too short to waste on literature or human relations that don't work for you. It's personal and that's ok. Me, I love every word Bolano writes. I couldn't be less bothered that it's an unfinished story - which it definitely is - the joy for me is in the journey. I simply love the way this writer thought and the way he conveyed his thinking in his writing. If I could be a writer, this is how I would want to write. It's pure 'ding-an-sich' - the writing is the purpose - the joy is in the journey - I do not need a higher purpose. It's like good poetry or music to me and I need no further reason to enjoy it than that I am enjoying it. I marvel, sometimes cackle out loud at his expressions, his constructions, his observations (AND I'm not even reading it in the original language, so the translation must be great too !). So anyway, my advice is: if it doesn't resonate straightaway, why waste your time? Throw it away, go for a walk, have glass of wine, whatever. Life's too short to waste on stuff that does't work for you and that's ok. And a tip: If you don't like Bolano, I would strongly advise you against trying to read Jose Saramago: I get the same pleasure out of reading him as Bolano, so those of you who don't like Bolano will probably also find Saramago's writing "pointless". (less)
Andrea Luzuriaga Si no te gusto Los Detectives Salvajes, es poco probable que te guste este, en mi opinión. Mantiene bastante el estilo de escritura, pero aparte es…moreSi no te gusto Los Detectives Salvajes, es poco probable que te guste este, en mi opinión. Mantiene bastante el estilo de escritura, pero aparte es incluso mas tedioso.(less)

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Jul 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the english version hasn’t come out yet.
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 there flapping around amongst t
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-lit
Roberto Bolaño's 2666 has been described as "the most electrifying literary event of the year" (Lev Grossman, Time), as "a landmark in what's possible for the novel as a form" (Jonathan Lethem, The New York Times Book Review), as "a work of devastating power and complexity" (Adam Mansbach, The Boston Globe), as "the work of a literary genius" (Francine Prose, Harper's Magazine), and, repeatedly, as a masterpiece.

Adam Kirsch of writes that "2666 is an epic of whispers and details, full
Jul 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: some guy on the internet
I hate these star ratings. I'm docking this baby one, because I honestly don't believe there's any way he was finished. This book wasn't done! I didn't read the Introduction and I'm not clear on the back story, but my vague understanding is that Bolaño died after sending this thing to his publisher, who claims it was ready to go, but seriously, man, I just can't believe that. This book is almost great. Parts of it are totally mindblowing, but the fact of the matter is, I'm convinced that it need ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars-books
5 brilliant genius stars!!

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 the day. It was as if th
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Somewhere inside this extraordinary oasis, some critics of literature proclaim that a specific book under discussion is “hard to follow,” “chaotic,” “half finished,” & “suspect.” This type of cheeky self-evaluation, so incredibly hidden and almost non-existent is what makes Bolaño a worthy candidate for any of the major global literature prizes. A fellow classmate said that this was as daunting, as time consuming, as reading El Quixote, but I would like to add that the epic convention from C ...more
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who have read everything and are looking for a literary monstrosity that will horrify them.
With as much creative energy as Joyce’s Ulysses, and with as much history and depth as Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, Bolano’s magnum opus is a bold statement against literature itself. However, with such a book comes all the tedium you would expect from Moby Dick. As a result, this book will only be truly great for a small selection of very patient readers.

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 literar
Steven Godin
Bolaño has not only smashed my expectations to smithereens, he has restored my faith in the brick-sized novel (of which I have never been a big fan). 2666 was simply an astonishing reading experience, one that doesn't come along very often. My wrists went through hell trying to hold the darn thing, and I was deprived of much needed sleep, but it was worth every moment. Reading the last 50 pages or so at snail pace was inevitable, as I simply didn't want it to end.

Divided into five loosely conne
Dec 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, 2009, not-so-much
I accept that I'll probably get flamed for this, but enough is enough: this maddening, rapacious, and occasionally compelling book is making my life miserable. Will I finish it? Will it matter? Let me say for the record that I counted myself as a likely enthusiast -- I fit the profile -- but after a long, protracted battle, can't bring myself to sing along with the choir to which Bolano is preaching. In fact, I'm starting to wonder if we're so enslaved as readers to the cult of the author that w ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Animate! Immerse! Revive!

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 reverberati
Paul Bryant
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
If that tosser Ian Graye can trash Infinite Jest in so unseemly a fashion then all I can say is....


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 reality-tv-WWF-style pleasure of this m
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010 only)
Before reaching the last 100 pages of the book, I was bored. I was beginning to be afraid that the 33 early mornings when I had to wake up at 3:00 or 4:00 am just to read my target 20-30 pages of this book everyday would all be wasted. There were many questions and loose ends in my mind and I was already wondering if, in the end part, Bolano would care to tie them all up. You see, this book was published posthumously and one of the reviews here in Goodreads seemed to indicate that this was an un ...more
This read tried my patience at first but eventually hooked me. It’s got the power to change the way you look at life and possibly make you a better human. For anyone considering reading the book, the challenge of its length and content calls for a significant basis to make the decision. Hence the unfortunate length of this review.

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
Θα 'θελα να περιμένω να "κάτσει" λίγο μέσα μου πριν γράψω κάτι για αυτό που μόλις διάβασα, αλλά η αλήθεια είναι ότι δεν κρατιέμαι. Θα προσπαθήσω λοιπόν και είναι πιθανό ότι στις επόμενες μέρες θα χρειαστεί να τροποποιήσω την κριτική μου αφού θα έχω αφομοιώσει λίγο καλύτερα αυτό το (κατ' εμέ) αριστούργημα που μόλις ολοκλήρωσα.

Καταρχάς, προκαλώ τον οποιονδήποτε να δοκιμάσει να περιγράψει αυτό το βιβλίο. Το πιο κοντινό που μπορώ να σκεφτώ είναι ότι μοιάζει με ένα παγωτό με μία γεύση που αποτελείται
Michael Ferro
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roberto Bolaño's 2666 definitely changed the way I read fiction. I first read this massive posthumous tome years ago when I was still searching to uncover my own style and much of this novel lodged itself into the dark corners of my mind. There have been many times where I will be doing some thoughtless task and suddenly a nugget of truth from 2666 will pop into the forefront of my brain; to me, this is the ultimate litmus test for a good book—you can't shake it, even years later.

Bolaño's writi
MJ Nicholls
Original Review:

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
Καθημερινά συμβαίνουν μικρά και μεγάλα γεγονότα που έχουν μικρή,μεγάλη και κοσμοϊστορική σημασία για τον κάθε άνθρωπο ξεχωριστά,μία ομάδα ανθρώπων ή την κοινωνία συνολικά.Η ανάγνωση του "2666" είναι, λοιπόν, ένα κοσμοϊστορικό γεγονός για μένα.
Ίσως να μην υπάρχει κάποιος που να έχει μιλήσει τόσο πολυεπίπεδα για το θάνατο,τη φρίκη και τον έρωτα.Αυτό ΤΟ βιβλίο,ο "Οδυσσέας" του Joyce και το "Εκατό χρόνια μοναξιά" του Marquez αποτελούν την δικιά μου Αγία Τριάδα.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a moment in the second part of 2666 where Amalfitano laments the tendency of readers to favour the short, perfect works of the literary masters, over the great, imperfect ones. This novel is clearly Bolaño's attempt at the latter, from a writer who knew that in all likelihood it would be his last.

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 pace
Bülent Özgün

Bu kitap dopdolu bir edebiyat sevgisiyle, kitap sevgisiyle, yazma ve okuma eylemine duyulan aşkla yazılmış.

İçinde sizi hemen saran büyük bir gizeme ve etkileyici bir dile sahip. Daha ilk 200 sayfada anlıyorsunuz ne denli büyük bir eser olduğunu, çok büyük bir keyifle okuyorum.

Çevirmen Zeynep Heyzen Ateş'in de ellerine sağlık, kusursuz bir çeviri yapmış, akıp gidiyor, hiç rahatsız etmiyor.


Kitabın yarısından çoğunu okudum ve hala devam ediyorum.
Bu devasa eser hakkında yazılan tüm övgülere
George Georgiadis
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paila-marina
Κάποτε υπήρχαν 10 τρόποι για να γράψεις ένα μυθιστόρημα και αυτό να χαρακτηριστεί ολοκληρωτικό.
O Μπολάνιο επινόησε τον 11ο τρόπο γράφοντας το 2666.
Luís C.
Impossible criticism, even for someone less furiously incapable than me.
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 blocks that a
David Schaafsma
This is a kinda first draft response to this book, 900 pages, roughly 39 hours of listening, which I sometimes read and sometimes listened to, a buddy read with Chris. Definitely cut into my comics and YA reading, for sure. Also, I did not read anything about Bolano or this novel along the way, and still don’t know what I don’t know about it. I heard a short postscript about it from the publisher to say that Bolano was dying as he wrote it, and intended it to be released as five separate books, ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το 2666 αποτέλεσε το προσωπικό μου Έβερεστ για πολλούς λόγους. Αρχικά, ας ξεκινήσουμε από το προφανές :το μέγεθός του. Νομίζω, μετά την Πόλη στις Φλόγες είναι το δεύτερο τόσο ογκώδες μυθιστόρημα με το οποίο καταπιάστηκα και προσωπικά δεν θα το χαρακτήριζα κανένα τρομερό page turner. Υπήρχαν σημεία που κυλούσαν νερό και άλλα που μου φάνηκαν βουνό. Βλέποντας λοιπόν το μέγεθος κατάλαβα ότι έπρεπε να δεσμευτώ για αρκετό χρονικό διάστημα σε αυτό ξεπερνώντας την αναγνωστική μου ματαιοδοξία. Γιατί κάθε ...more
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: in 2666 I'll surely be dead
Recommended to Mariel by: a guy I'm no longer friends with
If things work out, and sometimes they don't, you're back in the presence of sacred. You burrow your head into your own chest and open your eyes and watch." (That's from page 315. Probably my favorite page in 2666.)

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 go em
Mike Puma
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So many intelligent and thoughtful reviews already exist for 2666 that another, one from the School of Redundancy School, seems like a waste of time that would be better spent rereading any of Bolaño’s works. This is one that will haunt me, one for my To Reread shelf, then for my To Rereread shelf. What I look forward to most—Bolaño-freak that I am—are the inevitable volumes of Bolaño criticism to come and the opportunity to reread RB’s writing along with them, bumping what now are 4-star rating ...more
A monumental novel, which is rightly considered to be one of the most essential novels of the 21st century. It covers such a wide range of characters, places and subjects that it is very difficult to review quickly, and I am unlikely to have anything very new to say about it. This is my first experience of reading Bolaño, and this book is the subject of a discussion which I am currently leading for the 21st Century Literature group here

Overall I found this a very stimulating reading experience,
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written under the specter of his own death, Roberto Bolano's "2666" is a statement of the capacity of cruelty that resides in the darkest heart of humanity. The novel is really five novellas, thematically tied together, and centering around the fictional Santa Teresa (Cuidad Juarez in our world) where hundreds of young women are being raped and murdered. The plot of the novel takes a back seat to the real driving force which is the nightmare deathscape of Santa Teresa. There is some great yarn s ...more
Christopher Howard
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mexico, bolano
This will be a bad review of this book. They are really only notes. You will only maybe get it if you
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 concerned (and genuinely concerned) with
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rb
Occasionally a book comes along whose peculiar title is the sole purpose of the purchase. Immediately commencing on the initial pages, it plunges you in a labyrinth of complete brouhaha enmeshing every demented string whilst deciphering normalization of reasoning. And as the book concludes, you emerge with a smile of gratification as you have been just mesmerized by the aura of a genius.

2666 is a metaphysical necropolis of the cavernously hidden trepidation and disparagement that frequently seek
This is one of those books that surpasses anything positive or negative I might manage to say about it. This is one of those books that I can say with a fair amount of certainty actually consumed me. I thought about it constantly while I was reading it, and while enough time has not passed since I finished it this morning, I am fairly certain I will be thinking about it regularly for quite some time. I showed it to someone at work and said it would be the kind of book to cause my brain to explod ...more
This was a really difficult book to review, not because it was complicated but because there is so much to say that even when you feel that you have said it all, it feels like you have just touched the surface. I write this review in a state of muddled thoughts, which might reflect in the review; so I ask you all to be patient and bear with me and to not judge this book by my abysmal attempt at reviewing it! Okay, let us begin, shall we?

Imagine that you are walking along a trail; it could be a m
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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.


Other books in the series

2666 (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • 2666, Part 1: The Part About The Critics
  • 2666, Part 2: The Part About Amalfitano
  • 2666, Part 3: The Part about Fate
  • 2666, Part 4: The Part About The Crimes
  • 2666, Part 5: The Part About Archimboldi
  • 2666 (3-Volume Boxed Set)
  • 2666 Part B
  • 2666 (Volumul 1)
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  • 2666 (Volumul 2)
“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people's ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.” 2425 likes
“So everything lets us down, including curiosity and honesty and what we love best. Yes, said the voice, but cheer up, it's fun in the end.” 269 likes
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