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Featuring several mass-murdering authors, two fraternal writers at the head of a football-hooligan ring and a poet who crafts his lines in the air with sky writing, Nazi Literature in the Americas details the lives of a rich cast of characters from one of the most extraordinarily fecund imaginations in world literature. Written with acerbic wit and virtuosic flair, this e ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 19th 2003 by Christian Bourgois (first published February 1996)
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Seemita
Somewhere in the midst of this book, Bolaño spells out in explicit words what I suspected to be the undercurrents from the word go:
….a novel about order and disorder, justice and injustice, God and the Void.
So there I was - witnessing a swashbuckling cavalcade of ideas, overflowing from the chariot of Bolaño’s mind; irreducible owing to their weight, hypnotic owing to their flight.

My first Bolaño could not have been a better book. 30 essays written as biographies of fictitious authors, who
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Fabian
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The artists, writers, poets which inhabit this lexicon-type novel breathe the air of history, leading individual destinies never devoid of woe. The pursuit of art is presented warts-and-all, & is as realistic of art as it is about the appreciation of art.

"Nazi Literature in the Americas" is a prolonged lament. (As if anything Bolano ever wrote wasn't one.) The uniqueness of the novel is that it has no plot but has instead the overwhelming urge to collect writers as economically, poignantly,
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TK421
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Few novels bring me to a place that is best described as that plane one is trapped in before waking from a very lucid dream. You know the place where you can taste the air, feel the colors, where reality and imagination are embraced so thoroughly that borders blend and realign themselves. NAZI LITERATURE IN THE AMERICAS is like that place. Bolano creates a completely fabricated world where poets and novelists and artists mingle with other characters-both fictional and real-as if they were all si ...more
foteini_dl
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Όταν διάβασα τον τίτλο του βιβλίου,μου κέντρισε αυτόματα το ενδιαφέρον.Μα,καλά,θα μπορούσε να υπάρχουν ναζί συγγραφείς στη Λατινική Αμερική;
Σύμφωνα με τον Μπολάνιο,ναι.Ο συγγραφέας δημιούργησε 30 εκκεντρικούς λογοτέχνες,άλλοι περισσότερο διάσημοι και άλλοι λιγότερο (κάποιους θα τους χαρακτηρίζαμε άγνωστους,σίγουρα),που προσπαθούν να αναγνωριστούν απ’το αναγνωστικό κοινό και τους κριτικούς.Όλοι τους ασπάστηκαν τη ναζιστική ιδεολογία,είτε γιατί δε γούσταραν τους κομμουνιστές είτε γιατί βρέθηκαν σε
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brian
Apr 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: obsessives
i spend way too much time making my bookshelves pretty: pruning, arranging, designing... i'm regularly plagued by some pretty critical issues: chronologically? by author? color? size? (y'see... unlike the rest of my shitty and privileged generation who gets all pantiebunched about evil corporations & all them bombs dropped on all them brown people, i actually have serious things on the brain) i fantasize that i'm gonna bring some gorgeous woman back home (please god let it be marisa tomei an ...more
Barry Pierce
This is an encyclopedia of writers associated with the Nazi Literature movement of the 20th century, focusing mainly on those living in the Americas. It gives each writer a couple of pages of biography and discusses most of their major works. All of it is backed up by an extensive index and a vast bibliography. So far so simple yeah? Oh hell no. This is fucking Bolaño.

Y'see, there is no such thing as Nazi Literature. It's all made up. And all of the people discussed in this book? All made up as
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Paul
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: south-american
This is a real oddity, very clever, ironic and satirical, hardly a novel; more an encyclopedia. Basically it is a list of fascist and ultra right wing authors of the Americas. Each one has a brief biography and analysis of their works, with their dates (some don't pass away until the 2020s). They are generally self deluded, often vicious, mostly mediocre and Bolano sends them all up remorselessly.
Their fictional biographies sometimes overlap with real life; Ginsberg, Octavio Paz and Borges pop
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Jim Coughenour
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: darkandfunny
This brutal little classic will be only appreciated by misfits, if they're lucky enough to discover it. It's the most recently translated novel of the late Roberto Bolaño (in another handsome edition from New Directions): a volume of invented biographies, detailing the lives and works of fascist litterateurs who never existed.

Here is wicked humor of the highest order – but I suspect it will be opaque to anyone innocent of the cruelties of literary gossip masquerading as criticism (and as an occa
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Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
In Nazi Literature in the Americas Roberto Bolaño - a Chilean writer who sadly died aged fifty in 2003 - has provided the perfect literary companion. It’s an exhaustive collection of pocket obituaries of all the major and many of the minor poets, writers and novelists whose political conservatism took them to the extreme right, who became Nazis or fellow travellers, all of whom were born in the Americas. It’s such a pity we do not have a European equivalent.

I confess I had never heard of many of
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Tony
In the one notorious ‘Book’ in 2666, Bolano numbs his reader with one vignette of rape and murder after another. They read like a police blotter. In Nazi Literature in the Americas, one capsule biography of an extreme right-wing writer follows another. They read like encyclopedia entries. There’s an ostensible simplicity there; but this is not just some mere exposition of cleverness. I mean, it can’t just be that, can it?

(Whenever I make some pretense of discussing what a work of fiction really
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FotisK
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα φάντασμα πλανιέται επάνω από το "Ναζιστική λογοτεχνία στην Αμερική", εκείνο του Μπόρχες. Ίσως το πιο "Μπορχεσιανό" κείμενο του Μπολάνιο (ξεκάθαρα επηρεασμένου από τον μεγάλο Αργεντινό συγγραφέα), κάτι που ταυτόχρονα αποτελεί πλεονέκτημα και μειονέκτημα - πλεονέκτημα για τους προφανείς λόγους, και ταυτόχρονα μειονέκτημα, πάλι για τους ίδιους ακριβώς λόγους!
Η σύγκριση με τον Δάσκαλο, αναπόφευκτη…
Μια ακόμα αντίρρηση είναι πως το εν λόγω βιβλίο υπολείπεται κατά τι σε σχέση με τους "Αγριους Ντε
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Francisco H. González
El Bolañista nace o se hace? ¿Se hace después de que el lector se abrace y se funda con monumentos de papel como Los detectives salvajes o 2666, o tras la lectura de obras menores, al menos en extensión, como Amuleto, Nocturno de Chile o Estrella Distante? ¿Lo es después de leer sus relatos, de entusiasmarse con la esperanza de ver más inéditos del autor dejar de serlo? ¿Soy ya Bolañista?

Acabo de leer La literatura nazi en América y me he visto y sentido inmerso e inmenso en su lectura. Aquí Bol
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Jason Pettus
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

So have you heard yet about the strange saga of Chilean author Roberto Bolaño? Born in the 1950s, a globetrotting vagabond and revolutionary activist most of his youth, one who just barely escaped the Pinochet coup of the '70s, Bolaño ended up settling down for the first time in the '80s and cranking
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AC
This book is not for everyone - it requires that you are already in on Bolaño's prosopographical (inside) jokes (if you are, much of this is hysterical); love his jungle of proper nouns - reminiscent of Whitman or Catullus, but lusher -- and have a serious interest in understanding the pathologies of fascism and Nazism. For what Bolaño offers here is nothing less than a filleting of the psychology/pathology of fascism -- on the premise that fascism is not a doctrine (not wholly true), but a mood ...more
Cody
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-america
Bolaño’s exquisite work here is underappreciated in a lot of circles for one virtue: it’s a whole mess a goddamn fun. Sure he’s working out of a Latin-American tradition of fictions-within-fictions; he calls bullshit on himself for it slyly throughout the book. I think any read benefits from having a running knowledge of at least some of the real authors that he peppers throughout. But even if you have zero context, there's such glee on these pages (I wore gloves) that it is hard to resist getti ...more
Maria Thomarey
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ενα πολυ διαδκεδαστικο βιβλιο ; Οχι ακριβως . Φεύγει σα νερό και γελάς .πολυ . Αλλα το γέλιο ειναι σαρκαστικό , σαν τις παρατηρήσεις του Μπολανιο .
Vilma
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Traditional 19th century style novels, with a beginning, middle and end part, with their ways, their causes and consequences, their linear time frame, are finished, dead and gone even that doesnt mean they dont continue being written and are sold fairly or even successfully well. One likes them because they can be understood more easily. Even Roberto Bolaño never wrote a novel which cannot be understood, almost all of these features are more or less absent from his works.

All this does not mean w
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Richard Derus
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pearl-ruled
Abandon ship! Abandon ship! On p41, I admit defeat and Roberto Bolaño wins the archly clever condescending twit sweepstakes hands down.

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Chris
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
Christopher Wilson
Baltimore (Maryland),
1977 -- Kalamazoo (Michigan), 2055

In 2008, Wilson was enthralled by the story of the New Jersey couple who publicly feuded with a timid grocery store establishment that unconstitutionally refused to bake a swastika cake for their son, Adolf. It was during this time that Wilson decided to fight political correctness through baby names. Having spent the greater part of the previous decade toiling away in the federal government, Wilson had developed a predile
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Lucas Sierra
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otra reseña pendiente. Por ahora: siempre es grato reencontrarse con Bolaño, tenía miedo que mi vejez entorpeciera la lectura, pero el cariz borgeano del texto salva en asombro lo que el deslumbramiento juvenil ya no ofrece.

De todos los relatos, se comprende que Ramírez Hoffman sea el elegido para convertirse en novela corta. Es estremecedor, da pánico.

Salgo motivado a releer lo ya leído y darle el chance a lo que me falta de la obra del chileno.
MJ Nicholls
An alternative literary history. Bolaño holds a mirror up to the fascist blowhards canonised by the establishment with his cast of lovable Nazi sympathisers.

This is basically a book of spurious biographical details about spurious writers. How it manages to be a rip-roaring and bum-loving read is part of its magical sway. Recommended.
mao
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Σκέτη απόλαυση. Δηλητηριώδες μαύρο χιούμορ, απίθανες περιγραφές φανταστικών λούμπεν χαρακτήρων και γεγονότων, μέσα απ τις οποίες άρρητα αναδεικνύει όλα όσα πρέπει να υπερασπιστούμε για τον άνθρωπο και την κοινωνία. Διαβάζεται νεράκι.
Conrad
Nov 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, pomo, owned
When Amalfitano subjects his pharmacist to a short mental screed about the drawbacks of writers' minor works in 2666, this is exactly the kind of thing he's talking about. A series of biographical sketches of fictional western-hemisphere writers with far-right sympathies, it'll take you no more than two or three hours to read. In its personalization of its characters' politics, it offers a bit of a clue to Bolano's modus operandi; it's just not as inventive as you'd like it to be, and not as inv ...more
Trovato Solo
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Básicamente se trata de un buen libro! No expreso tanto por lo que escribió el poeta, pero por todo lo que el autor fue capaz de interpretar a su manera. La novela debería ser una colección prospera de autores latinoamericanos durante la era nazi. Aunque si la destreza del escritor fue capaz de crear un breve diccionario de nombres, cambiar algunos de ellos, jugar con los enlaces u notas biográficas de poetas o novelistas que figuran en el libro.
Para el resto las historias no son pesadas de lee
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Merve Eflatun
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Bolaño'nun özellikle edebiyat ve arayış temasına yerleşen kitaplarına hayranlık duyuyorum. Tabii kendisinin zorlama olduğunu düşündürmeyen asi, kışkırtıcı, karanlık ve bununla eğlendiren dil kullanımına da. Nazi Literature in the Americas da kafamdaki bu olgulara yerleşiyor. Okuduğum kitaplarından 2666 ve Vahşi Hafiyeler ile temelde olmasa bile parçasal ilişkiler içeriyor. Nitekim kitapta Benno Von Archimboldi yok ama bir şekilde olsaydı bana garip gelmezdi. (Gerçi Archimboldi bir Nazi sempatiza ...more
Praj
Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rb
Bolano puts forth a compilation of 30 peculiar biographies of fictitious Pan American writers in the 20th century accentuating quite a few brazen out supremacists, interlaced with the triviality of malevolence and complex yet vibrant inhabitations of bizarre hermits spurning volatile prose and erudite parody of eccentric cerebral subjugation. Although not Bolano’s treasure, it does illuminate the excruciating passion and mordant stupor he is reputed for.
Andrew
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect bedtime reading. Short chapters, all to the point.
I loved this book while I was reading it, and then discovered an even profounder respect for this book when I was typing up my notes about it. It combines a penchant for indexicality with fervent imaginings and astute critical intelligence. If you value all three as highly as I do, this is a perfect book. Here are examples of the kind of writing you will be treated to:

She dreamed of studying architecture and designing grandiose schools t
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Hugo Emanuel
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Uma inteligente, divertida e bem elaborada "Traquinice Literária" no espírito da "História Universal da Infâmia" de Jorge Luís Borges na qual Bolãno compõe uma breve enciclopédia de biografias de autores pan-americanos ficcionais (que se cruzam frequentemente com personagens reais, incluindo o próprio autor)com uma propensão ou predilecção pelas odiosas ideologias fascistas. Estas breves biografias desmistificam, ainda que de um modo dissimuladamente ligeiro, a frequentemente partilhada, mas na ...more
Nikos Karampatsos
Ένα ιδιαίτερο βιβλίο,με το Μπολάνιο να σου χτυπάει την πλάτη κι αμέσως να εξαφανίζεται.
Ξαναεμφανίζεται,σου ψιθυρίζει κάτι στ' αυτί μα δεν είσαι σίγουρος γι' αυτό που σου 'πε.
Ομως ξέρεις τι θέλει από σένα, χτυπάει κουδούνια που αφήνουν υπόκωφους ήχους, που σίγουρα εύχεσαι να μην ξανακουστούν...

Διαβάζοντάς το ακολουθεί η ανάγνωση του "Μακρινού αστεριού" μ αυτή τη σειρά αναγκαστικά.
Λίγο έμεινε για ν' αρχίσω το 2666.
Sentimental Surrealist
A tricky book to pin down tonally, in that it's at once the funniest and one of the most eglaic of Bolano's books. I say "book" and not "novel" because it doesn't really read like a novel; it seems more like a collection of short stories, a superior version of Borges' A Universal History of Iniquity. See, Bolano understands that his Nazi writers (mostly poets, although there are some playwrights and prose writers as well) are pretty close to talentless and not anywhere near as good as their ambi ...more
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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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