Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Roberto Bolaño: Monsieur Pain

Monsieur PainMonica Szurmuk reviews Roberto Bolaño's Monsieur Pain.
The late Roberto Bolaño’s slim but hypnotic “Monsieur Pain” is an antithriller, a work that proffers the nervy tension of the suspense genre but not its neat resolution. Against the background of the Civil War in Spain, the rise of Nazism, and the imminent breakout of World War II, Bolaño constructs a masterfully elegant narrative with deft touches of irony, dramatic tautness, and even a slightly painful humor, a trademark of his literary project.
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