'We can't recommend this incredible book highly enough, anyway. Amulet is a light out of darkness' --Dazed and Confused
`The offhand bittiness is part of the book's charm, and fits the absurd bohemian world it describes'
`The strength and the originality of [Bolaño's] vision lies in the devastating scepticism which be brought not only to magical realist methods but to the very springs of fiction itself. To say that his books have a dreamlike quality is to give scant sense of the way their author shuttles weirdly between oneiric wildness and shrewd, concrete observations of the gritty realities of contemporary life in Latin America' --Guardian
`The posthumous poster boy of Latin American fiction... Auxilio is a brilliant creation, a mixture of hopefulness, insecurity and defiance' --Financial Times
`This short, dense, poetical novel aims to encapsulate the violence and tragedy of recent Latin American history in the musings of one woman... Nothing happens but everything happens; Bolaño's prose is spare but beautifully compacted. Other writers love him because he makes writing seem so important'
`Amulet is a short, original, engaged and engaging novel; a good introduction to the longer works of this writer. Roberto Bolaño's prose, which moves between the colloquial, abrupt and deliberately awkward, and the lyrical, cannot be easy to translate. Chris Andrew has done it beautifully'
--Times Literary Supplement
`Roberto Bolaño redefined the form of the novel in his masterpiece 2666; with the hallucinatory narrative of Amulet, he reimagines what literature can become' --New Statesman
`Written in his sticky, delightfully informal prose, full of humour, wonderful imagery, and studded with eccentric characters, Amulet is a dream-like swim through one woman's life, loves and literary obsessions, and a gentler [than 2666] introduction to the joys of Bolaño'
--Waterstone's Books Quarterly
About the Author
Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He spent much of his adult life in Mexico and in Spain, where he died at the age of fifty. The Savage Detectives
was named one of the best books of 2007 by the Washington Post
and the New York Times Book Review
, his final masterpiece, is also published by Picador.