The Romantic Dogs Paperback – 4 Mar 2011
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'[there is] a defiant, seductive confidence to his poetic voice.' --Financial Times
'Bolaño, the phantom mega-star of global fiction since his death in 2003, thought of himself as a poet first and a novelist second. Yet his bilingual edition of 44 poems from the Eighties will lead fans to some familiar terrain. In verse, as in prose, Bolaño leads us on journeys through a surreal landscape of exile, longing and nostalgia.' --Independent
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A reviewer on the back cover states their attraction appears in an 'unfinished' state - not so. You should buy this brilliant slim bi-lingual edition for the pure vagabond nature of their composition. This is not European poetry re-formatted for exam success, it's an articulation of a voice who believes in shifting and can convert this essential kinetic energy into something both shudderingly knowable and, at the same time, transient.
I'm a middle aged bloke who, rather sadly, boasts a poetry collection of maybe some 200 volumes but this is the ONE. Get it for so many reasons; a truly South (not North) American perspective; a real excuse not to buy the many biographies that shall surely follow ([[ASIN:0330509527 The Savage Detectives]does this admirably} but also, maybe just maybe, you know a dislocated potential reader of poetry, someone who wants to kick against the pricks of establishment literature, someone who wants to savour the salacious underbelly of an unsettled lifestyle. Maybe it's you?
The good news is there's more to come. Savour an unheralded masterpiece.