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2666: A Novel

A book by Roberto Bolaño

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A Rewarding Undertaking

  • Jun 16, 2010
This novel by Chilean-born author Roberto Bolaño comprises five self-contained parts--The Part about the Critics, The Part About Amalfitano, The Part About Fate, The Part About the Crimes, and The Part About Archimboldi. Each of these parts concern themselves to a varying degree with the serial murders of young women taking place in the fictional Mexican city of Saint Teresa, which is based on the real-life epidemic of murders in the notorious Ciudad Juaréz. The parts can be read in any order as they are self-contained and only hint to the actions of the other parts.

Employing magical realism, Bolaño attempts to make sense of the entropy of human existence. A resoundingly apocalyptic tale, 2666 examines the various strains of decay in the world: from murders to personal relationships, from war to events all too eerie to be mere coincidence.

The text, originally in Spanish, maintains its rich and enveloping sinister style through translation. Bolaño was a true master of language. An epic undertaking with over 900 pages of prose, these magnificently woven stories will remain with you long after you've finally closed your copy of the book.

It was recently rumored that a sixth part was uncovered in Bolaño's earthly remains. The story of 2666 may not be over yet...

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June 21, 2010
Your review of this title has piqued my interest! I'm adding it to my Goodreads TBS. Thanks so much for the write-up!
June 21, 2010
Wow, this sounds like a trippy book! And even more intriguing that it's by a foreign writer. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!
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review by . December 24, 2009
Bolaño's five-part novel sprawls over Europe and Mexico, from WWII until now. The epicenter of Santa Teresa jolts those who investigate a serial murderer of women laboring at 'maquiladoras' in this stand-in for Ciudad Juarez, on the U.S. border. For a typical whodunit, look elsewhere. Truer to reality, characters walk off never to be heard from again, narratives digress and dead-end, and the plot inexorably expands as hundreds of characters enter it, some named but only given one line of dialogue, …
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Amazon Best of the Month, November 2008: It was one thing to read Roberto Bolaño's novelThe Savage Detectiveslast year and have your mind thrilled and expanded by a sexy, meandering masterpiece born whole into the English language. It was still another to read it and know, from the advance reports of Spanish readers, that Bolaño's true masterpiece was still to come. And here it is:2666, the 898-page novel he sprinted to finish before his early death in 2003, again showing Bolaño's mesmerizing ability to spin out tale after tale that balance on the edge between happy-go-lucky hilarity and creeping dread. But where the motion ofThe Savage Detectivesis outward, expanding in wider and wider orbit to collect everything about our lonely world,2666, while every bit as omnivorous, ratchets relentlessly toward a dark center: the hundreds of mostly unsolved murders of women in the desert borderlands ofmaquiladorasandla migrain northern Mexico. He takes his time getting there--he tells three often charming book-length tales before arriving at the murders--but when he does, in a brutal and quietly strange landscape where neither David Lynch nor Cormac McCarthy's Anton Chigurh would feel out of place, he writes with a horror that is both haunting and deeply humane.--Tom Nissley--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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ISBN-10: 0312429215
ISBN-13: 978-0312429218
Author: Roberto Bolaño
Publisher: Picador

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