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November 7, 2020 at 1:22 am #6880Ginny ConawayGuest
by Roberto Bolaño, Chris Andrews
- Places: Spain, Concepcion
- Release date: December 17, 2004
- Awards: Premio de traducción literaria Valle Inclán for Chris Andrews (2005)
- Language: english
- Publisher: New Directions
- Format: paperback, 150 pages
- Genres: fiction, literature, novels, contemporary
- ISBN: 9780811215862 (0811215865)
- Characters: Arturo Belano, Juan Stein, Diego Soto, Bibiano O’Ryan, Veronica Garmendia
- Author: Roberto Bolaño, Chris Andrews
About The Book
The star of Roberto Bolaño’s hair-raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits the 1973 coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry, a multimedia enterprise involving sky-writing, poetry, torture, and photo exhibitions.
For our unnamed narrator, who first encounters this “star” in a college poetry workshop, Ruiz-Tagle becomes the silent hand behind every evil act in the darkness of Pinochet’s regime. The narrator, unable to stop himself, tries to track Ruiz-Tagle down, and sees signs of his activity over and over again. A corrosive, mocking humor sparkles within Bolaño’s darkest visions of Chile under Pinochet. In Bolaño’s world there’s a big graveyard and there’s a big graveyard laugh. (He once described his novel By Night in Chile as “a tale of terror, a situation comedy, and a combination pastoral-gothic novel.”)
Many Chilean authors have written about the “bloody events of the early Pinochet years, the abductions and murders,” Richard Eder commented in the The New York Times: “None has done it in such a dark and glittering fashion as Roberto Bolaño.”
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