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Title:Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003
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Publisher:New Directions
ISBN:0811218147
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Number of Pages:390
Category:Essays, Non fiction

Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003 by Roberto Bolaño, Ignacio Echevarría, Natasha Wimmer

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003 em Between Parentheses em 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 Echevarr a 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 the year he became famous overnight for em The Savage Detectives em 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 Cort zar 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 em Between Parenthese em s fully lives up to his own demands I ask for creativity from literary criticism creativity at all levels

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anorexic heiress to a Mexican underwear empire an Argentinian photojournalist in Angola and assorted hangers on detractors critics lovers employers vagabonds real life literary figures and random acquaintances br br A polymathic descendant of Borges and Pynchon Roberto Bola o traces the hidden connection between literature and violence in a world where national boundaries are fluid and death lurks in the shadow of the avant garde i The Savage Detectives i is a dazzling original the first great Latin American novel of the twenty first century, The melancholy folklore of exile as Roberto Bolano once put it pervades these fourteen haunting stories Bolano s narrators are usually writers grappling with private and generally unlucky quests who typically speak in the first person as if giving a deposition like witnesses to a crime These protagonists tend to take detours and to narrate unresolved efforts They are characters living in the margins often coming to pieces and sometimes as in a 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