« L'oeuvre de Roberto Bolaño est un monde unique dans lequel le lecteur est irrémédiablement happé. Y règnent un humour mordant, une insatiable quête de liberté, un souffle romanesque décalé. » Pierre Ducrozet, Le Monde
OEuvres complètes IV
Un petit roman lumpen
Nocturne du Chili
Tombes de cow-boys
Le Gaucho insupportable
Traduit de l'espagnol (Chili) par Robert Amutio et Jean-Marie Saint-Lu
Depuis la parution posthume de son roman " total ", 2666, Roberto Bolaño est considéré comme une figure majeure de la fiction contemporaine. La publication de ses Œuvres complètes vient confirmer le statut déjà acquis de son vivant avec, notamment, Les Détectives sauvages et La Littérature nazie en Amérique.
Tout au long de sa vie, Roberto Bolaño n'a cessé de se considérer, avant tout, comme un poète. Ce premier tome, qui comporte un grand nombre d'inédits, montre le rôle capital joué par la poésie dans sa vie et ses écrits.
Œuvres complètes I
Poèmes (dont inédits)
Appels téléphoniques et autres histoires (nouvelles)
Étoile distante (roman)
Traduit de l'espagnol (Chili) par Robert Amutio et Jean-Marie Saint-Lu.
« Peu de romanciers ont comme Roberto Bolaño,avec un sens formidablement élégant de la dérision et de l'absurde, réveillé le tonnerre littéraire. »
Philippe Lançon, Libération
OEuvres complètes III
La Piste de glace
Le Troisième Reich
Traduit de l'espagnol (Chili)
par Robert Amutio et Jean-Marie Saint-Lu.
« Une écriture écorchée, onirique, familière, crue, désenchantée, follement mouvante. » Marine Landrot, Télérama
OEuvres complètes II
Conseils d'un disciple de Morrison à un fanatique de Joyce
L'Esprit de la science-fiction (inédit)
La Littérature nazie en Amérique
Des putains meurtrières
Les Déboires du vrai policier (inédit)
Traduit de l'espagnol (Chili) par Robert Amutio et Jean-Marie Saint-Lu.
An unnamed narrator attempts to piece together the life and works of an enigmatic would-be poet turned military assassin during Pinochet's regime in Chile. In the early 1970s Alberto Ruiz-Tagle was a little-known poet living in southern Chile. After the military coup of 1973 that brought in the dictatorship of General Pinochet, he embarked upon a new career that involved him in committing murder and other brutalities, and subsequently led to his emergence as a lieutenant in the Chilean air force under his actual name, Carlos Wieder.
Some time later the narrator, now held in a prison camp, looks up and sees a World War II airplane writing the first words of the Book of Genesis in smoke in the sky. The aviator is none other Carlos Wieder, launching his own version of the New Chilean Poetry...
Roberto Bolano's novel is a chilling investigation of the fascist mentality and the limits of evil, as seen in its effects on a literary sensibility, as well as a gripping intellectual thriller.
This is the first collection by the universally acclaimed Chilean author to be published in English and it is an outstanding introduction to Bolaïo's writing. Bolaïo's narrators are grappling with their own private quests while living in the margins, on the edges, in constant flight from nightmarish threats. His stories are often witty, frequently melancholy and always original.
During the course of a single night, Father Sebastian Urrutia Lacroix, a Chilean priest, who is a member of Opus Dei, a literary critic and a mediocre poet, relives some of the crucial events of his life. He believes he is dying and in his feverish delirium various characters, both real and imaginary, appear to him as icy monsters, as if in sequences from a horror film.
Thus we are given glimpses of the great poet Pablo Neruda, the German writer Ernst Junger, General Pinochet, whom Father Lacroix instructs in Marxist doctrine, as well as various members of the Chilean intelligentsia whose lives, during a period of political turbulence, have touched upon his.
/> By the author of 2666.
Begun in the 1980s and worked on until the author's death in 2003, The Woes of the True Policeman is Roberto Bolaño's last, unfinished novel. The novel follows Amalfitano--an exiled Chilean university professor and widower with a teenage daughter--as his political disillusionment and love of poetry lead to the scandal that will force him to flee from Barcelona and take him to Santa Teresa, Mexico. This border town is haunted by dark tales of murdered women and populated by characters such as Sorcha, who fought in the Andalusia Blue Division in the Spanish Civil War, and Castillo, who makes his living selling his forgeries of Larry Rivers paintings to wealthy Texans. It is here that Amalfitano meets Arcimboldi, a magician and writer whose work highlights the provisional and fragile nature of literature and life. Woes of the True Policeman is an exciting, kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense, yet darkly humorous. Exploring the roots of memory and the limits of art, it marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature.
A masterwork from the pre-eminent Latin American writer of his generation On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war-game champion, Udo Berger, returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals--the Wolf, the Lamb, and El Quemado--and to the darker side of life in a resort town. Late one night, Charly disappears without a trace, and Udo's well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval. Although Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, Udo refuses to leave the hotel. Soon he and El Quemado are enmeshed in a round of Third Reich, Udo's favourite World War II strategy game, and he discovers that the game's consequences may be all too real. Written in 1989 and found among Roberto Bolaño's papers after his death, The Third Reich is a stunning exploration of memory and violence. Reading this quick, visceral novel, we see a world-class writer coming into his own--and exploring for the first time the themes that would define his masterpieces The Savage Detectives and 2666.
Written in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as the great writer's masterpiece, surpassing even his previous work in imagination, beauty, and scope. At the centre of the book is the fictional city of Santa Teresa on the Mexico-US border. It is an urban sprawl that draws in lost souls like a vortex: convicts and academics, an American sportswriter, a teenage student with her widowed father, and a reclusive, 'missing' writer. But there is a darker side still. As in the real town of Juárez, on which Santa Teresa is based, girls and women are disappearing at an alarming rate... A creeping sense of conspiracy permeates 2666, from the apocalyptic overtones of its title, to the ways in which Santa Teresa becomes an emblem of the corruption, violence and decadence of twentieth century European history. This is a novel on an astonishing scale from a passionate, visionary writer, one who unerringly 'adjusts your angle of view on the world'. 'A tour de force - though the phrase seems hardly adequate to describe the novel’s narrative velocity, polyphonic range, inventiveness, and bravery' New York Review of Books