2666 by Roberto Bolaño
(Narrativas Hispanicas) (Spanish Edition)

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6 Critic Reviews

The year 2666 is never mentioned in the novel...which is meant to represent a time so far in the future as to be almost unimaginable. This much we can imagine: if, at that time, books are still read, '2666' will be among them.
-The Independent

Synopsis

A cuatro profesores de literatura, Pelletier, Morini, Espinoza y Norton, los une su fascinacion por la obra de Beno von Archimboldi, un enigmatico escritor aleman cuyo prestigio crece en todo el mundo. La complicidad se vuelve vodevil intelectual y desemboca en un peregrinaje a Santa Teresa (trasunto de Ciudad Juarez), donde hay quien dice que Archimboldi ha sido visto. Ya alli, Pelletier y Espinoza se enteran de que la ciudad es desde anos atras escenario de una larga cadena de crimenes: en los vertederos aparecen cadaveres de mujeres con senales de haber sido violadas y torturadas. Es el primer asomo de la novela a sus procelosos caudales, repletos de personajes memorables cuyas historias, a caballo entre la risa y el horror, abarcan dos continentes e incluyen un vertiginoso travelling por la historia europea del siglo XX. 2666 confirma el veredicto de Susan Sontag: «el mas influyente y admirado novelista en lengua espanola de su generacion. Su muerte, a los cincuenta anos, es una gran perdida para la literatura». La publicacion de 2666 en la coleccion «Compactos», encuadernado en tapa dura para facilitar su manejabilidad, es un acontecimiento excepcional. «Una gran novela de novelas, sin duda la mejor de su produccion, tan prematuramente interrumpida» (Ana Maria Moix, El Pais); «Lo que aqui se persigue y se alcanza es la novela total, que ubica al autor de 2666 en el mismo equipo que Cervantes, Sterne, Melville, Proust, Musil y Pynchon» (Rodrigo Fresan, Que Leer).
 

About Roberto Bolaño

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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.
 
Published March 1, 2008 by Anagrama. 1126 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by William Skidelsky on Jan 11 2009

Like its predecessor, 2666 is a novel of stupefying ambition with a mock-documentary element at its core. It is divided into five loosely connected sections, each of which could stand as a novel in their own right...

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Examiner

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on Jul 14 2009

Specifically "2666" collapses from the sheer weight of killing after killing...but in the made-up name of Santa Teresa, the endless discovery of deaths at first accomplishes what it obviously was designed to do...

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The Independent

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Reviewed by Jeet Thayil on Feb 24 2012

The year 2666 is never mentioned in the novel...which is meant to represent a time so far in the future as to be almost unimaginable. This much we can imagine: if, at that time, books are still read, '2666' will be among them.

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Above average
on Nov 11 2008

His prose, even as it flits across genres, never loses its undercurrent of humanity; his characters are never hollow vessels...there is brilliance in its mystery, and in all the surprising ways that its manifold layers become whole.

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Slate

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Reviewed by Adam Kirsch on Nov 03 2008

2666 is an epic of whispers and details, full of buried structures and intuitions that seem too evanescent, or too terrible, to put into words. It demands from the reader a kind of abject submission—to its willful strangeness...

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New York Magazine

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Reviewed by Sam Anderson on Nov 07 2008

Its 893 pages are indisputably brilliant, but they are not, by any definition, brisk—they’re tall, crowded, brutal, dense

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