Roberto Bolaño


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The author of many acclaimed works, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was a Chilean novelist, short-story writer, poet, and essayist. He was described by the New York Times as "the most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation," and his many prizes include the prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos.
  • Laura Healy, tr. New York. New Directions. 2013. ISBN 9780811219280  In the most recent posthumous publication of Robert Bolaño’s work in English, The Unknown University, fantastically translated by Laura Healy, the reader is exposed to some of Bolaño’s earliest and grittiest writing. The book is classified as poems, but this may be misleading, as I’m not sure we should really r...
  • Chris Andrews & Natasha Wimmer, tr. New York. New Directions. 2012. ISBN 9780811218153 At first glance, Roberto Bolaño’s The Secret of Evil may read like a hastily assembled collection of fiction, essays, and minor reflections from an author whose posthumous reputation would be the envy of any writer. But this is not the case. Gathered here is a collection of nineteen short pieces fo...
  • Laura Healy, tr. New York. New Directions. 2011. ISBN 9780811219273 Tres is not just a Robert Bolaño masterpiece, it's another Bolaño masterpiece. For an author who has been dead since 2003, I would say that, under the circumstances, he is doing pretty well.  Tres is Bolaño's second book of poems to be published in English. As with his earlier book of poetry, The Romantic D...