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By his own account, he was skinny, nearsighted, and bookish: an unpromising child. He was dyslexic and was often bullied at school, where he felt like an outsider. He came from a lower-middle-class family, [4] and while his mother was a fan of best-sellers they were not an intellectual family. In he moved with his family to Mexico City , dropped out of school, worked as a journalist, and became active in left-wing political causes.

The only interesting article in it was about a house that had once belonged to Dylan Thomas I got out of that hole thanks to a pair of detectives who had been at high school with me. He was notorious in Chile for his fierce attacks on Isabel Allende and other members of the literary establishment.

He affectionately parodied aspects of the movement in The Savage Detectives. On his return to Mexico he lived as a bohemian poet and literary enfant terrible, "a professional provocateur feared at all the publishing houses even though he was a nobody, bursting into literary presentations and readings," his editor, Jorge Herralde, recalled.

His erratic behavior had as much to do with his leftist ideology as with his chaotic lifestyle. He worked by day and wrote at night. From [16] to his death, he lived in the small Catalan beach town of Blanes. He continued with poetry, before shifting to fiction in his early forties. He suffered from liver failure and had been on a liver transplant waiting list while working on ; [17] [18] he was third on the list at the time of his death.

In rapid succession, he published a series of critically acclaimed works, the most important of which are the novel Los detectives salvajes The Savage Detectives , the novella Nocturno de Chile By Night in Chile , and, posthumously, the novel In a number of unpublished novels were discovered among the author's papers.

When she is suddenly dropped from the Olympic team, a pompous but besotted civil servant secretly builds a skating rink in a local ruin of a mansion, using public funds.

But Nuria has affairs, provokes jealousy, and the skating rink becomes a crime scene. The last portrait was expanded into a novel in Distant Star. Distant Star Estrella distante in Spanish is a novella nested in the politics of the Pinochet regime, concerned with murder, photography and even poetry blazed across the sky by the smoke of air force planes.

This dark satirical work deals with the history of Chilean politics in a morbid and sometimes humorous fashion. At a crucial point in his career, Father Urrutia is approached by two agents of Opus Dei , who inform him that he has been chosen to visit Europe to study the preservation of old churches — the perfect job for a cleric with artistic sensitivities. On his arrival, he is told that the major threat to European cathedrals is pigeon droppings, and that his Old World counterparts have devised a clever solution to the problem.

They have become falconers, and in town after town he watches as the priests' hawks viciously dispatch flocks of harmless birds. Chillingly, the Jesuit's failure to protest against this bloody means of architectural preservation signals to his employers that he will serve as a passive accomplice to the predatory and brutal methods of the Pinochet regime. This is the beginning of Bolano's indictment of "l'homme intellectuel" who retreats into art, using aestheticism as a cloak and shield while the world lies around him, nauseatingly unchanged, perennially unjust and cruel.

It is important to note that this book was originally going to be called Tormenta de Mierda Shit Storm in English but was convinced by Jorge Herralde and Juan Villoro to change the name. The book remained unpublished until , when it was published in Spanish as Amberes , a year before the author's death.

The text of was the major preoccupation of the last five years of his life when he was facing death from liver problems. At more than 1, pages pages in the English-language edition , the novel is divided into five "parts".

The award was accepted by Natasha Wimmer , the book's translator. It was published in Spanish in and in English in The protagonist is Udo Berger, a German war-game champion. With his girlfriend Ingeborg he goes back to the small town on the Costa Brava where he spent his childhood summers. He plays a game of Rise and Decline of the Third Reich with a stranger. It was published posthumously in Spanish in and in English in The novel is seen by many as an ur-text to The Savage Detectives , "populated with precursory character sketches and situations" and centering on the activities of young poets and writers living in Mexico City.

A number are narrated by an author, "B. The Return is a collection of twelve short stories, first published in English in , and translated by Chris Andrews.

The Spanish version was published in and contains 21 pieces, 19 of which appear in the English edition, published in It was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award.

Other significant themes of his work include quests, "the myth of poetry", the "interrelationship of poetry and crime", the inescapable violence of modern life in Latin America, and the essential human business of youth, love and death. The narrator pays a visit to an old friend, a dentist. The friend introduces him to a poor Indian boy who turns out to be a literary genius. At one point during a long evening of inebriated conversation, the dentist expresses what he believes to be the essence of art:.

That's what art is, he said, the story of a life in all its particularity. It's the only thing that really is particular and personal. It's the expression and, at the same time, the fabric of the particular. And what do you mean by the fabric of the particular? I asked, supposing he would answer: Art. I was also thinking, indulgently, that we were pretty drunk already and that it was time to go home.

But my friend said: What I mean is the secret story The secret story is the one we'll never know, although we're living it from day to day, thinking we're alive, thinking we've got it all under control and the stuff we overlook doesn't matter. But every damn thing matters! It's just that we don't realize. We tell ourselves that art runs on one track and life, our lives, on another, we don't even realize that's a lie.

He wrote, "All literature, in a certain sense, is political. I mean, first, it's a reflection on politics, and second, it's also a political program. The former alludes to reality—to the nightmare or benevolent dream that we call reality—which ends, in both cases, with death and the obliteration not only of literature, but of time.

The latter refers to the small bits and pieces that survive, that persist; and to reason. One recent assessment of his works discusses his idea of literary culture as a "whore":. In his novel "The Savage Detectives," two avid young Latino poets never lose faith in their rarefied art no matter the vicissitudes of life, age and politics.

If they are sometimes ridiculous, they are always heroic. But what can it mean, he asks us and himself, in his dark, extraordinary, stinging novella "By Night in Chile," that the intellectual elite can write poetry, paint and discuss the finer points of avant-garde theater as the junta tortures people in basements?

The word has no national loyalty, no fundamental political bent; it's a genie that can be summoned by any would-be master. Is it courageous to read Plato during a military coup or is it something else? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. London: Guardian. Retrieved 20 December The New York Times. Retrieved 31 December Archived from the original on 7 June The Guardian.

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By his own account, he was skinny, nearsighted, and bookish: an unpromising child. He was dyslexic and was often bullied at school, where he felt like an outsider. He came from a lower-middle-class family, [4] and while his mother was a fan of best-sellers they were not an intellectual family. In he moved with his family to Mexico City , dropped out of school, worked as a journalist, and became active in left-wing political causes. The only interesting article in it was about a house that had once belonged to Dylan Thomas I got out of that hole thanks to a pair of detectives who had been at high school with me.

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