The Unknown University

The Unknown University


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A deluxe edition of Bolano’s complete poetry

Perhaps surprisingly to some of his fiction fans, Roberto Bolano touted poetry as the superior art form, able to approach an infinity in which “you become infinitely small without disappearing.” When asked, “What makes you believe you’re a better poet than a novelist?” Bolano replied, “The poetry makes me blush less.” The sum of his life’s work in his preferred medium, The Unknown University is a showcase of Bolano’s gift for freely crossing genres, with poems written in prose, stories in verse, and flashes of writing that can hardly be categorized. “Poetry,” he believed, “is braver than anyone.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811219280
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Pages: 766
Sales rank: 1,033,860
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Author of 2666 and many other acclaimed works, Roberto Bolano (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.

Laura Healy has received a Master’s in Spanish from Harvard. She is the managing editor of Harvard Review and the web editor of Zoland Poetry.

Table of Contents

Nota de los herederos del autor / Note from the authors heirs vii

Primera Parte / Part 1

La novela-nieve / The Snow-Novel 5

Guiraut de Bornelh 69

Calles de Barcelona / Streets of Barcelona 81

En la sala de lecturas del Infierno / In the Reading Room of Hell 127

San Roberto de Troya / Saint Roberto of Troy 157

Nada malo me ocurrirá / Nothing Bad Will Happen to Me 219

Tu lejano corazón / Your Distant Heart 269

Segunda Parte / Part 2

Tres textos / Three Texts 291

Gente que se aleja / People Walking Away 303

Iceberg 437

Prosa del otoño en Gerona / Prose from Autumn in Gerona 449

Manifiestos y posiciones / Manifestos and Positions 521

Tercera Parte / Part 3

Poemas perdidos / Lost Poems 557

Nueve poemas / Nine Poems 575

Mi vida en los tubos de supervivencia / My Life in the Tubes of Survival 599

Un final feliz / A Happy Ending 787

[Notas del autor, sin título] / [Author's notes, untitled] 813

Breve historia del libro / Brief history of the book, by Carolina López 817

Index of English titles 823

Índice de títulos en español 829

Translator's note 835

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