Monday, June 18, 2007

Roberto Bolaño - The Savage Detectives

Horacio Castellanos Moya reviews Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives.
Nine years ago publication of "The Savage Detectives" catapulted Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano into literary prominence both in Spain and Latin America.

That year Bolano also received the major Spanish language literary awards, the Herralde Prize in Barcelona, and the Romulo Gallegos Prize in Caracas.

Now, thanks to the same novel and positive reviews in major American magazines and newspapers, the late writer has become the "Latin American phenomenon" in the United States. He died in 2003 at age 50.

Some reviewers claim that since 1970, with the publication of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude," no other novel translated from Spanish has created such commotion in the United States.

The novel opens as the adventures of a group of young Mexican poets, known as the "visceral realists," and their leaders, Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, a quixotic, challenging, provoking and errant pair who live on the fringes of society. Read More

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