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The Savage Detectives: A Novel (Paperback)

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By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
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This is one of the most beautiful and strangely compelling novels I’ve ever read. Centered around a small group of mostly failed poets in Mexico City in the 1970s, it veers to Spain, Africa, and back to Mexico in surprising and wonderful ways. Part crime story, part hero’s journey, the book is funny, poignant and one hundred percent unique.

— Rico


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In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolao tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes--the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself--on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe: our own. The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.

About the Author

Roberto Bolao was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. His first full-length novel, The Savage Detectives, received the Herralde Prize and the Rmulo Gallegos Prize when it appeared in 1998. Roberto Bolao died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.

Natasha Wimmer is a translator who has worked on Roberto Bolaos 2666, for which she was awarded the PEN Translation prize in 2009, and The Savage Detectives. She lives in New York.

Praise For…

An utterly unique achievement--a modern epic rich in character and event. . . . [He is] the most important writer to emerge from Latin America since Garca Mrquez. San Francisco Chronicle

My favorite writer . . . The Savage Detectives is an ark bearing all the strange salvage of poetry and youth from catastrophes past and those yet to come. Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love

The Savage Detectives is deeply satisfying. . . . Bolao's book throws down a great, clunking, formal gauntlet to his readers' conventional expectations. . . . A very good novel. Thomas McGonigle, Los Angeles Times

One of the most respected and influential writers of [his] generation . . . At once funny and vaguely, pervasively, frightening. John Banville, The Nation

A bizarre and mesmerizing novel . . . It's a lustful story--lust for sex, lust for self, lust for the written word. Esquire

Roberto Bolao's masterwork, at last translated into English, confirms this Chilean's status as Latin America's literary enfant terrible. Vogue

Combustible . . . A glittering, tumbling diamond of a book . . . When you are done with this book, you will believe there is no engine more powerful than the human voice. Emily Carter Roiphe, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

An exuberantly sprawling, politically charged picaresque novel. Elle

Wildly enjoyable . . . Bolao beautifully manages to keep his comedy and his pathos in the same family. The New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312427481
ISBN-10: 0312427484
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: March 4th, 2008
Pages: 656
Language: English
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