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Roberto Bolano

Roberto Bolano Avalos was a Chilean novelist and poet. In 1999 he won the Romulo Gallegos Prize for his novel Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives), and in 2008 he was posthumously awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for his novel 2666.

Bolano was born in Santiago, the son of a truck driver (who was also a boxer) and a teacher. Goldman, Francisco. "The Great Bolano", New York Review of Books, 19 July, 2007 He and his sister spent their early years in southern and coastal Chile. By his own account he was a skinny, nearsighted and bookish but unpromising child. He was dyslexic, and was often bullied at school, where he felt an outsider.

For most of his early adulthood, Bolano was a vagabond, living at one time or another in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, France and Spain.

Related websites

Text of Bolano's acceptance speech

Report of Bolano's NBCCA triumph

Goldman, Francisco. "The Great Bolano", New York Review of Books, 19 July, 2007

Rohter, Larry. 'A Writer whose Posthumous Novel Crowns an Illustrious Career', New York Times, August 9, 2005

Schama, Chloe. 'Dust and Literature',The New Republic, May 8, 2007

Unofficial biography of Bolano at www.mundoandino.com

American PEN reproduction of "Dance Card"

Account of infrarrealismo by JD Adamski

Account of Bolano's poetry by Ben Ehrenreich at poetryfoundation.org

"The Departed"

Tremlett, Giles 'Two new Bolano novels found among papers left after death', The Guardian, March 10, 2009


Post, Chad W. "More Details for Bolano Books", Three Percent, September 9, 2008

Goldman, Francisco. "The Great Bolano", New York Review of Books, July 19, 2007

"The Departed"


Obituary at BBC News

Obituary by Rodrigo Fresan

Article about Bolano in The New York Times

Article about Bolano in The New Yorker

"Bolano in Mexico" by Carmen Boullosa in "The Nation"

"Alone Among the Ghosts: Roberto Bolano's 2666 by Marcela Valdes in "The Nation"

Reviews of Distant Star at The Complete Review

Review of By Night in Chile in The Guardian

Review of The Savage Detectives in Ficciones by Dr. Basileios Drolias

Review of Last Evenings on Earth in The New York Times

"The Caracas Speech", Roberto Bolano accepting the Romulo Gallegos Prize, translated in Triple Canopy

"Literature + Sickness = Sickness" translated in

"A Writer Crosses Over" in The Washington Post

"Borges, Bolano and the Return of the Epic" by Aura Estrada in Words Without Borders

"In the Sonora" by Benjamin Kunkel in The London Review of Books

"trailer Bolano Cercano" by Erik Haasnoot

Review of the Savage Detectives

on Roberto Bolano and 2666


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