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The Savage Detectives


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Roberto Bolano (1953 2003) was born in Santiago, Chile. Arrested and briefly jailed by the Pinochet regime in 1973, he spent nomadic years in El Salvador, Mexico, France, and finally Spain. The Savage Detectives received the Herralde Prize and the Romulo Gallegos Prize and won Bolano international fame.


Proud founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, Arturo Betano and Ulises Lima leave Mexico City on New Year's Eve, little suspecting that their search for an obscure poet will end so badly that they'll be on the run for decades. Recently deceased, the Chilean-born Bola?o, who landed in Spain via Mexico, is a major Latin American voice just being discovered here. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Savagely comic yet equally tender . . . This novel is an elegy for a generation. * Independent *
The comic frenzy, the inventiveness of character and situation, and the mood-soaked depiction of 1970s Mexico is delightful. * Times Literary Supplement *
A portrait of people for whom literature is bread and water, sex and death. The abiding message to be taken from Bolano's novel, and maybe from his fraught life, too: books matter. * GQ *
It's no exaggeration to call Bolano a genius. The Savage Detectives alone should grant him immortality. * Washington Post *
Bolano makes you feel changed for having read him; he adjusts your angle of view on the world. * Guardian *

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