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Perfect for fans and those new to Bolano,
This review is from: The Return (Hardcover)
'The Return' is another wonderful collection of short stories from Bolano. As a fan of his work I wasn't disappointed and was pleased to be reacquainted with Arturo Belano, the narrator of 2666, in the moving story 'Photos'. The stories are set in various countries including Russia, Spain and Chile. They are highly readable, some realistic and others, like 'The Return' and 'Meeting with Enrique Lihn' completely surreal and imaginative. Most of the stories involve death in some way from murder to the afterlife but none of them are depressing, some are poignant and a little sad but there is also much humour. The reader is introduced to porn stars, poets and footballers, I have no real interest in the sport but still enjoyed this particular story.
Bolano is better known for his novels, particularly '2666' and some readers having tried that have been put off reading anything else by this author, even as a fan I can understand that. I would just urge those people to try his short stories before writing him off completely. Some of these like 'Prefiguration of Lalo Cura' are one long paragraph but others have a more traditional structure but they are all written with Bolano's poetic rhythm.