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2666

by: Roberto Bolano

Publisher: MPS (2004)

$28.00

Staff Pick by comrade: LS

This book is really 3 novellas and 2 novels mashed together. They could be read separately but are better together. (note: the 1st part is by far the weakest). Layers and layers of richly imagined places and people are united by Bolano's amazing imagery and general narrative skill. The product is a very subtle critique on art, sex and violence, and like most of his work, travelogue.

ANATIONALBOOKCRITICSCIRCLEAWARDWINNERNewYorkTimesBookReview10BestBooksof2008Timemagazine’sBestBookof2008LosAngelesTimesBestBooksof2008SanFranciscoChronicle’s50BestFictionBooksof2008SeattleTimesBestBooksof2008NewYorkMagazineTopTenBooksof2008ThreeacademicsonthetrailofareclusiveGermanauthor;aNewYorkreporteronhisfirstMexicanassignment;awidowedphilosopher;apolicedetectiveinlovewithanelusiveolderwomantheseareamongthesearchersdrawntothebordercityofSantaTeresa,whereoverthecourseofadecadehundredsofwomenhavedisappeared.InthewordsofTheWashingtonPost,"With2666,RobertoBola�ojoinstheambitiousoverachieversofthetwentiethcenturynovel,thoselikeProust,Musil,Joyce,Gaddis,Pynchon,Fuentes,andVollmann,whopushthenovelfarpastitsconventionalsizeandscopetoencompassanentireera,deployingencyclopedicknowledgeandstylisticvervetoofferagrand,ifsometimesidiosyncratic,summationoftheircultureandthenovelist’splaceinit.Bola�ohasjoinedtheimmortals."