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The first collection of stories in English by the author considered to be the finest Latin American writer of his generation.
Roberto Bola o was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He moved with his family to Mexico City in 1968, but returned to Chile in 1973, a month before General Pinochet seized power, when he was arrested. After his release he went back to Mexico before travelling to Europe and finally settling in Catalonia. He wrote ten novels, including Distant Star and By Night in Chile (both published by The Harvill Press), as well as his two prize-winning works The Wild Detectives and 2666. He died aged only fifty in 2003. Chris Andrews was born in Newcastle, Australia, in 1962. He teaches in the department of French, Italian and Spanish Studies of the University of Melbourne. His translation of Roberto Bola o's Distant Star in 2005 won the prestigious Valle-Incl n Prize.
"The most influential and admired novelist of his generation in the Spanish-speaking world" -- Susan Sontag "This may be the most haunting and mesmerising collection I have ever read" * Daily Telegraph * "A book full of insight for writers and aficionados of South American literature and culture" * Scotland on Sunday * "It is a shame that Bolano has no more evenings on earth, his unique voice asserting the importance and exuberance of literature will be sorely missed" * Guardian * "Bolano's language, alert and always graceful, his way of constructing narratives that are simultaneously disconcerting, brilliant and infinitely immediate, is a form of resisting evil, adversity and mediocrity" * Le Monde *