My first encounter with Roberto Bolano came in the form of his masterpiece, 2666. From the very first pages it was clear that I was in the presence of a true literary genius. Reading his other works simply confirmed my suspicion. Such praise gets bandied around too frequently today, but here, I would argue, is a man that is surely deserving of the epithet. As a practicing literary critic/theorist, the moments when one can simply sit back and let prose wash over one’s critical mind are (increasingly) rare. Nonetheless, this is the affect/effect of Bolano’s writing. Anything new to the anglophone world from this writer is something to be treasured.
From the publisher’s website:
“Roberto Bolano burst onto the scene with The Savage Detectives, and his posthumous masterpiece 2666 confirmed his place as a giant of Latin American literature. The Insufferable Gaucho was the last book he prepared for publication before he died in 2003. Unpredictable and daring, highly controlled and yet somehow haywire, the five short stories included here are some of Bolano’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 Bolano: ‘Literature + Illness = Illness’ and ‘The Myths of Cthulhu.’ Provocative and often scathing, Bolano’s essays are alive with his trademark humour, violence, and utter faith in the power of the written word. Roberto Bolano is undoubtedly, as Susan Sontag said, ‘the real thing and the rarest’.”
You can pre-order your copy now (with a 15% discount) by clicking on the image on the left. The release date is 16 January, 2014.