Monday, February 25, 2008

Roberto Bolaño: Nazi Literature in the Americas

Andrew Ervin reviews Roberto Bolaño: Nazi Literature in the Americas.
Bolaño's genius then, lies not only in telling a series of compelling stories, nor even in piling those up to form a larger narrative about a particular and unfortunate (if make-believe) artistic movement, but also in gently prodding us to ask some important questions about our own literary establishment.

Readers new to Bolaño might consider starting with something more formally traditional, such as the novellas By Night in Chile or Distant Star, but don't be surprised to find yourself soon devouring everything he wrote. When you make your way to Nazi Literature in the Americas, you will discover that all-too-rare book that will read you just as much as you read it.
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