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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 Romulo 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. The poet Chris Andrews has translated many books by Roberto Bolano and Cesar Aira for New Directions.

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"In the end, Distant Star offers a composite picture of a nation turned upside down, allowing Bolano to ask what the function of art is in such context.Bolano's literature is about silences and absences, about reevaluating national memory. As today's Chile moves to distance itself from the atrocities of the military period, it is forced to confront the ghosts of its past. In Bolano's able hands, those treacherous ghosts have universal value." -- Los Angeles Times

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