bolano,bolano ,bolano

having just brought nazi literature in america by Roberto Bolano and having 2666 on shelf still to read ,imagine my dismay to find that three are no fewer than 3 more translation of Bolanos earlier work due out this year .This brought to mind a interview in Guernica  by H C Moya about the danger in the rising power of Bolano is having on overshadowing other latin american lit or Bolano inc .I enjoyed savage detectives and have an interest in reading these three books but feel slightly overwhelmed that they are all coming out in a 8 month period .Bolano died in 2oo3 ,but in last twelve months seems to have building up a head of steam and is on course to replace Garcia Marquez  as the most recognized latin american writer .

      First is nazi literature in america is already out a fictional account of right-wing writers in south america ,next up is monsieur pain a slim tome about a Peruvian poet on new directions .in may come Antwerp another slim tome a prose poem and crime story in one .last up in august is the return both of these also out on new directions .

Have you read B

olano  ?

Do you think this is too much at once ?

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Simon
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 16:35:08

    It’s a lot isn’t it to come out at once. Seems a shame they could not have staggered that a bit more.


  2. Sarah
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 17:55:03

    That’s a lot of Bolano. I haven’t read any yet, but have 2666 on the shelf, ready for a group read which begins on the 25th Jan. I think one Bolano will be enough for me 🙂

    Good luck with your plans. Ambitious, but I suspect that if you have decided to do it, then you will do it!


    • winstonsdad
      Jan 20, 2010 @ 19:36:54

      yes have seen the bolano bolano site ,strange thought of you when i came accross it,plans ambitous but feel i ll do it ,only reading on really long book 2666


  3. anitamohan
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 18:56:05

    I just finished The Savage Detectives and while I think Bolano is a genius, there definitely seems to be a sudden onslaught of his work… will have to delve into the others at some point, but I like Marquez more.


    • winstonsdad
      Jan 20, 2010 @ 19:41:30

      yes feel new directions bombarding us with them ,bolano is a genius just hope some of these lesser works don t detract from that


  4. Rob
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 16:45:28

    I feel your pain Stu. I so want to read Balono myself but even the thought of reading 2666 alone is a far off ambition.


  5. Parrish
    Jul 14, 2010 @ 15:43:08

    Having read both 2666 & The Savage Detectives & thoroughly enjoying both I haven’t a problem with the rate of release & as for overshadowing other Latin American i not sure theres a case I more likely to track down more writers because I enjoyed them, although I do have Last Evening on Earth waiting to be read.


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