Thursday, June 01, 2006

This afternoon, on the way into school, I made a detour into downtown Denver, to the "Lodo" Tattered Cover bookstore, because I just couldn't stand to wait a second longer to own the new Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto Bolaño (trans. Chris Andrews), which was reviewed in Bookforum (Koestenbaum gives Bolaño Saramago and Sebald status). I had to go to Denver for the book because it wasn't to be found in Boulder (at least not by me), which depresses me. We are supposed to have a decent indie store here, but too often it doesn't have the goods. At any rate, making a special, slightly irresponsible (life's crazy with moving, etc., at the moment) dash after a book I was dying to have has left me feeling very happy.

I'll have some things to say about Bolaño, and this one in particular, before long.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roberto Bolano is quite excellent. His novel LOS DETECTIVES SALVAJES is, in my opinion, the last great Latin American novel to remain untranslated into English. Although I here a translation is due soon. His posthumous magnus opus 2666 I haven't read yet, but it's massive and I've heard great things about it. Sebaldian and Saramagan status is about right. It's unfortunate that, like Sebald, he died before his time.

Gabriel M

5:37 PM  
Blogger Laird Hunt said...

Ah, I wish my Spanish was strong enough to read him in the original!

9:41 PM  
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