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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,233 ratings  ·  344 reviews
«Non era Rimbaud era solo un ragazzo indio»: eppure, da ognuno dei personaggi estremi e ordinari insieme dei suoi racconti Bolaño cerca di strappare la poesia dell'esistenza, di fermare un significato meno fuggitivo e provvisorio «del lento naufragio delle nostre vite, del lento naufragio dell'estetica, dell'etica, del Messico e dei nostri sogni del cazzo». Tra le diverse ...more
Paperback, La memoria #594, 280 pages
Published 2004 by Sellerio (first published September 2001)
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Putas asesinas or Murderous Bitches is my first encounter with the prose of Roberto Bolaño. What can I say? I'm hooked by his talent as a story teller, by his imagination, weaving real life facts with fabricated ones. What I liked the most was the dreamy feeling I got while reading his stories, like I was sitting together with Bolaño at a bonfire and he was murmuring some tales about his life. And they felt so real that I could have believed everything he would tell me.

Impersonating various cha
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No surprises.
Caue Pimentel
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
A compilation of surrealist stories written by Bolaño. Its interesting to observe how almost every story is intertwined with Bolaño's biography and his life in Chile, Mexico and Spain. Apart from that, I found it a little bit frustrating. Almost every story has the same basic structure: Bolaño suggests a revelation or a major event forthcoming; than, he rambles on for 10-15 pages of surrealist taste, pure nouvelle vague, to come to a conclusion that does not offer a satisfactory ending but inste ...more
Yasmin Moghadamnia
I give it four stars because it was well written. However, I might try to bury myself in this story some day if I am super depressed.
Back when I was a 23-year-old I would get drunk and read the first book I had at hand. My friend's house where I used to drink had a pretty good library and among a collection that included books by Sábato, Mistral and Orwell I found Putas asesinas. Back when I was a 23-year-old I knew Bolaño only by name and by his looks, a pretty cool guy, pretty sad-looking guy too. The first time I read Bolaño I was drunk. I read the short story "Gómez Palacio", which remains a personal favourite of mine.

Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started out really well for me, although, at times I wasn't sure if they were short stories or a novel, sometimes we got the same character, sometimes the first person narrative felt too autobiographical. I liked the first few short stories, and after reading the one with the "Ghost" reference the book just went downhill for me, not that they suddenly got really bad, they just couldn't spark my interest. ...more
I really liked 'Buba', I can't explain why, maybe because it is related to (black) magic. The other ones are good, but 'Buba' really stands out. Anyway, I don't think I would read this book again but it is worth the reading ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darkish, ironic and very sad.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course this book grabbed my attention because of the ridiculous title. And because it’s by Bolaño, but especially, among all his other books that I haven’t read, because of the title. But the first half of this short story collection, ending with titular story, was pretty disappointing. The first seven stories often seem like they’re trying too hard—maybe it was different when this was first published, but now with the benefit of Bolaño’s entire corpus we can see what he ended up cultivating ...more
Nunoflip Oliveira
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
book in portuguese translate is quite good and recomended; because is 'easy reading', not very big chapters/small stories inside, quite vibrant on the themes and moods from action to characters in display - over the whole story(ies) of the book.

Some say is a 'warm up' or trial on write for his master piece book called 2666
Sep 21, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It's like Roger and I dreamed this guy into existence! ...more
Oct 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most
a good place to start
Great short stories book.
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: español
It was good, if a bit moody or rambling at times. The last few stories I just didn't get at all. Language barrier perhaps is part of it. ...more
Andre Nathan
A good introduction to Bolaño's work. There are some real gems in this book, although I believe Last Evenings on Earth is a better collection of short stories to showcase his talent. ...more
Read somewhere in 2009.
Ronan Noane  K
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
short stories: some highs, some lows....but I liked the highs

Ali Şahin
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is an illogical logic to Bolaño's storytelling and it is sublime. ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bolaño always amazing structure....
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stories, wonderful style...
Read through up to the story of Lalo Cura, then had to return to the library. Looking forward to finishing the collection someday.
Eduardo Solórzano
bolaño writes like he is trapped in a plain white room with no doors or windows, but on the white walls he’s projecting visions of spain, france, mexico, belgium. he’s turning and turning in place, and presses his hands to the walls, and tricks himself into believing he feels the warmth of the new place. he pushes against the wall and fantasizes. he’s in france, he’s in spain, he’s anywhere but in his little bare room. but of course he’s still in his little bare room. and the realization always ...more
Bram Peeters
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really brilliant stories, some that are a bit less brilliant but still good (it's a collection, so...).

Some of the subject matter is quite unique - voodoo and football don't usually come together in a 10-page story, and it is all quite well written so have a go. I'll pick up at least one of his books, if you can write stories like this a full book must be worth the read too...
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Putas, asesinas, footballers, high divers, boxers, poets, pornographers, etc...
Miguel Hernández
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collection
3.5/5 or 7/10
Bernardo Kaiser
Some good, some not so much
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To chile and back in 5 magical hours.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the hasty flow of his trademark laconies is redeemed by the occasional uncanny epiphany. ever the melancholy mystic, he dwells best in the places inbetween
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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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