'an extraordinary fantasia.' --The Independent
'Neither a novel nor a collection of stories, Nazi Literature in the Americas is the best and weirdest kind of literary game...Nazi Literature in the Americas is a chamber piece when compared with the proliferating grandeur of 2666 but it's a perfect example of this writer's unique mix of sincerity, humour, misdirection and occasional madness. This artful alternate history of modern literature, stitched together from loose ends, half-told stories and deft episodes of pastiche, is a strangely profound place to get lost.' -- Financial Times
'Bolaño's impressive novel triumphs by displaying a power of imagination and a quiddity we are not inclined to allow any of his imaginary writers.' --Observer
'Nazi Literature in the Americas, an encyclopedia of fictional right-wing writers, is not only Bolaño's most openly comic book but it is also his most explicit treatment of a theme that recurs with obsessive frequency throughout his entire fictional work - the complicity of the literary establishment in Latin America with political power...Nazi Literature in the Americas at first seems strangely anomalous for a Bolaño novel...But it is typical in one way: the humorous lightness of the writing belies depths of satirical complexity and agonized self-examination.' --Sunday Telegraph
'Mordantly funny and inventive writing from a real virtuoso.'
--Waterstone's Books Quarterly
'Extremely funny... Against a backdrop of dictatorship and terror, this is black humour indeed.'
'One of the most ingenious pieces of fiction since Bolaño's 2666.' --Shortlist
'Novel of the Week.' --The Week
'It is a darkly comic celebration of the wilder horizons of writing, good, plodding, lunatic and terrible.'
'In description, it sounds like satire and is has a dryness which could easily be mistaken for ironic humour. In fact, Bolaño's intentions are more sophisticated than that... Nazi Literature in the Americas takes what Bolaño knew very well and sends it through the looking glass of the ideological divide.' --Philip Hensher, Observer
Nazi Literature in the Americas presents itself as an encyclopaedia of extremely right-wing writers. Composed of short biographies of imaginary pan-American authors (the nations with the most representatives are Argentina, with eight, and the USA, with seven), Nazi Literature describes, in fourteen thematic sections, the writers lives, politics, and literary works. It includes bibliographies, cross-references, and an epilogue (For Monsters). Although the writers are invented, they are all carefully and credibly situated in real literary worlds: his characters encounter Allen Ginsberg, Octavio Paz, and Lezama Lima. Remarkably inventive, chilling, and witty, Nazi Literature in the Americas offers keen insights into the workings of an extraordinarily fecund literary imagination.