Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998-2003

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New Directions Publishing, 30 мая 2011 г. - Всего страниц: 390

The essays of Roberto Bolano in English at last.

Between Parentheses collects most of the newspaper columns and articles Bolano wrote during the last five years of his life, as well as the texts of some of his speeches and talks and a few scattered prologues. “Taken together,” as the editor Ignacio Echevarría remarks in his introduction, they provide “a personal cartography of the writer: the closest thing, among all his writings, to a kind of fragmented ‘autobiography.’” Bolano’s career as a nonfiction writer began in 1998, the year he became famous overnight for The Savage Detectives; he was suddenly in demand for articles and speeches, and he took to this new vocation like a duck to water. Cantankerous, irreverent, and insufferably opinionated, Bolano also could be tender (about his family and favorite places) as well as a fierce advocate for his heroes (Borges, Cortázar, Parra) and his favorite contemporaries, whose books he read assiduously and promoted generously. A demanding critic, he declares that in his “ideal literary kitchen there lives a warrior”: he argues for courage, and especially for bravery in the face of failure. Between Parentheses fully lives up to his own demands: “I ask for creativity from literary criticism, creativity at all levels.”
 

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I originally came across this book from an article in The New York Review of Books. It provided one of his essays about exile. It starts off with: “To be exiled is not to disappear but to shrink, to ... Читать весь отзыв

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If you love literature, and if you love the hypnotic Bolaño style, but really most of all if you love literature, you'll love this. Not only a treasure trove of what to read, but a distillation of why ... Читать весь отзыв

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Introduction
1
Between Parentheses
4
SelfPortrait
15
Caracas Address
28
Literature and Exile
38
Fragments of a Return to the Native Land
47
Words from Outer Space
84
Tomeo
121
Town Crier ofBlanes
247
The Maritime Jungle
254
Beach
260
Vienna and the Shadow ofa Woman
270
Our Guide to the Abyss
291
The Mad Inventors
303
The Book that Survives
304
The Brave Librarian
311

Faraauree in Catalan
127
July Stories
134
The Ghost ofAngel Planells
140
The RapierSharp Pen of Rodrigo Rey Rosa
151
Puigdevall the Strange
165
Jonathan Swift
179
Sodoma
193
sejvtember 2002january 2003
211
TWo Novels by Mario Vargas Llosa
319
Notes on Jaime Bayly
325
A Stroll Through the Abyss
332
Who Would Dare?
343
Advice on the Art ofWriting Short Stories
350
71
371
Index
382
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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. Natasha Wimmer's translation of Roberto Bolano's 2666 won the National Book Award's Best Novel of the Year as well as the PEN Prize.

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