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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (12 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330510630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330510639
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A spellbinder (Newsweek)

Bolaño wrote with the high-voltage first-person braininess of a Saul Bellow and an extreme subversive vision of his own (New York Times Magazine)

An exemplary literary rebel (New York Review of Books)

A master of the short form . . . I wish Bolaño would continue to write stories . . . He is clearly in his flow, poking fun not only at others but also at himself. His heavenly distance has given him a clear-eyed, if mischievous perspective (Independent)

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Unpredictable and daring, highly controlled and yet somehow haywire, the five short stories included here are some of Bolaño's best. Whether they concern a stalwart rodent detective trying to investigate the mysterious deaths of his fellow rats, an elderly judge giving up his job in the city for an improbable return to the family farm in the pampas, or a confrontation between an elusive film-maker and the little-known Argentinian novelist whose work he's plagiarized for years they are as haunting as they are enthralling.

In addition, The Insufferable Gaucho offers, for the first time in English, two essays by Roberto Bolaño: 'Literature + Illness = Illness' and 'The Myths of Cthulhu'. Provocative and often scathing, Bolaño's essays are alive with his trademark humour, violence and utter faith in the power of the written word.

Roberto Bolaño confirmed his place as a giant of of Latin American literature with his novels The Savage Detectives and 2666. He is undoubtedly, as Susan Sontag said, 'the real thing and the rarest'. The Insufferable Gaucho was the last book he prepared for publication before he died in 2003.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Almost nothing that the late Roberto Bolaño wrote is without interest, but the barrel is now being scraped. The reader of this short volume is offered five short stories and two brief essays. Both of the latter give the impression of being semi-improvised speeches rather than considered work. Bolaño's distinctive voice comes over strongly. The stories - one of which is an 'homage' to Borges' famous story 'In the South', another to Kafka's 'Josephine the Mouse Singer' - are merely competent exercises. Only in the opening story, 'Jim' - a three page fragment - do we encounter Bolaño at something like full strength.

Recommended only to the Bolaño completist, who may still feel short-changed. Readers new to the author should not start here.
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