Ever heard of Roberto Bolaño? No? Shame on you! Okay, maybe that’s being a little harsh, but if you’re an avid reader (and you should be) Roberto Bolaño is an author that you’re going to want to check out asap! His books are incredibly difficult and taxing and complicated reads, but more importantly they reveal a secret importance beneath them that is different for every reader.
The work that first introduced me to Bolaño was his posthumously published (sadly Bolaño passed away in 2003) magnum opus 2666, and I must admit, this was a book I judged initially only by its cover.
How do you describe a book of such magnitude (it clocks in at around 900 pages!)? Mind-blowing is the only term that comes to mind. Fascinating stories within stories about love, war, sex, violence, it really has everything.
Separated into five interconnected parts, Bolaño’s 2666 is a disturbing, but eye opening experience that no reader should pass by.
The Savage Detectives
After having read Bolaño’s 2666 I needed two things that were impossible to accomplish simultaneously, but both equally dire. The first being a break from Roberto Bolaño (2666 was an exhausting, but required read, think Ulysses) and the second being I needed to get my hands on more of his works as soon as possible! So I did the next best thing to both at the same time, I purchased his first full length novel The Savage Detectives, but kept it to the side and read Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore.
After finishing Murakami, I was ready to get back into the game.
I am currently in the process of reading The Savage Detectives, and I have to say it is a very similar experience to 2666. Almost always exhausting to read, yes. But always thought provoking, always mind-bending.
I have purposely left out synopsis or summaries, partially out of lack of energy, but more prominently because Bolaño’s novels really don’t lend themselves to summaries. They are about so much more than the main arc of the story, the main story acts as a catalyst to the symbolism that emerges from every line of prose.
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Have a great evening and thanks for reading!