By Roberto Bolaño
A countrywide ebook CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNERNew York occasions booklet assessment 10 most sensible Books of 2008 Time Magazine's most sensible booklet of 2008 la instances top Books of 2008 San Francisco Chronicle's 50 top Fiction Books of 2008 Seattle instances top Books of 2008 big apple journal best Ten Books of 2008 Three teachers at the path of a reclusive German writer; a brand new York reporter on his first Mexican task; a widowed thinker; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman--these are one of the searchers interested in the border urban of Santa Teresa, the place over the process a decade hundreds of thousands of girls have disappeared.In the phrases of The Washington publish, "With 2666, Roberto Bola?o joins the bold overachievers of the twentieth-century novel, these like Proust, Musil, Joyce, Gaddis, Pynchon, Fuentes, and Vollmann, who push the unconventional some distance prior its traditional dimension and scope to surround a whole period, deploying encyclopedic wisdom and stylistic verve to supply a grand, if occasionally idiosyncratic, summation in their tradition and the novelist's position in it. Bola?o has joined the immortals."
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Well, as far as I'm concerned he can say whatever he likes. Grosz makes me laugh, Grosz depresses him, but who can say they really know Grosz? "Let's suppose," said Mrs. Bubis, "that at this very moment there's a knock on the door and my old friend the art critic comes in. He sits here on the sofa beside me, and one of you brings out an unsigned drawing and tells us it's by Grosz and you want to sell it. I look at the drawing and smile and I take out my checkbook and buy it. The art critic looks at the drawing and isn't depressed and tries to make me reconsider.
This art critic was a friend, but we'd never discussed Grosz. Once, however, I mentioned the effect Grosz had on me. At first he refused to believe me. Then he started to shake his head. Then he looked me up and down as if he'd never laid eyes on me before. I thought he'd gone mad. That was the end of our friendship. A while ago I was told that he still says I know nothing about Grosz and I have the aesthetic sense of a cow. Well, as far as I'm concerned he can say whatever he likes. Grosz makes me laugh, Grosz depresses him, but who can say they really know Grosz?
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2666: A Novel by Roberto Bolaño