The Savage Detectives

The Savage Detectives

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Márquez of his generation. In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Bolaño 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.

Brilliantly rendered into English by Natasha Wimmer, the acclaimed translator of Bolaño's other great masterwork, 2666, The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, wildly inventive and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing


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Dec 22, 2018

This is a meandering book. There is a huge cast of characters. Sometimes they separate and by chance meet in unlikely places. There is a lot of movement and a lot of everything else thrown in for good measure. One can imagine them driving in a Chevy Impala.

The timing to read this book might have been auspicious, as Alfonso Cuaron's Roma was just released. The perod is similar. Roma is strongly based in Mexico, there is driving of a huge Mercury. It feels like a similar sensibility, although Bolano's writing is dense and full of thoughts which Roma leaves to your imagination.

Visceral realists? I'm all for them. Sublime and creepy.


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