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ISBN-13: 9780811219914
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 05/23/2012
Series: New Directions Pearls Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,277,800
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Author of 2666 and many other acclaimed works, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain. He has been acclaimed “by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” (Ilan Stavans, The Los Angeles Times),” and as “the real thing and the rarest” (Susan Sontag). Among his many prizes are the extremely prestigious Herralde de Novela
Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. He was widely considered to be the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry, before dying in July 2003 at the age of 50.

Natasha Wimmer’s translation of Roberto Bolano’s 2666 won the National Book Award’s Best Novel of the Year as well as the PEN Prize.

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Roberto Bolano

The only novel that doesn't embarrass me is Antwerp.

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Antwerp 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Voise15 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Bolano's first 'novel', Antwerp is an intriguing and condensed rehersal of motifs that he goes on to develop with great verve in his later works - dreams and reality, the foreigner, the struggling poet...Antwerp however feels much more experimental and hallucinatory and is less accessible than something like 'The Savage Detectives' although it is very slim 78 pages in my edition.'rules about plot only apply to novels that are copies of other novels' - quite!
P1g5purt on LibraryThing 8 months ago
"¿.reality seems to me like a swarm of stray sentences¿At 76 pocket-sized pages and retailing at £11.43 on Amazon I feel a bit of A(n)twerp for buying it but it¿s by Roberto Bolano so it was, for me, an unavoidable purchase. Bolano¿s statement ¿It¿s the only novel that doesn¿t embarrass me¿ has, I think, more to do with the form than the content - Antwerp initially reads more like a highly fragmentary prose poem than a novel. Given it¿s length it¿s incredibly spacious ¿ corpses, dwarves, detectives, prostitutes, poets and Bolano jockey for position in 56 loosely connected pieces. Gradually, however, a semi-coherent narrative unfolds - It¿s a piece of DIY detective fiction where the sleuthing is about stitching together rather than unravelling plot lines.Whether you¿ll warm to Antwerp will probably depend on what you believe fiction to be. Saul Bellow, for whom Finnegan¿s Wake was the indecipherable chatter of voices in a distant room, thought that fiction should be a conversation with the reader. Martin Amis finessed this. Fine writers like Bellow, he said, would also invite you into their home and give you the most comfortable chair by the fire. On the strength of Antwerp Bolano would leave you outside in the biting cold with nose pressed against the window straining to read his lips.
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