The Savage Detectives

The Savage Detectives

Book - 2007
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In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes--the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself--on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe: our own. The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.

Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2007.
ISBN: 9780312427481
Characteristics: 648 pages ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wimmer, Natasha - Translator


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Oct 26, 2014

Take your time with this one. The first section reads quickly but at the start if the second part, Bolano throws the brakes. However, if you stick with it you will be taken through a multilayered depiction of some of the most radical poets ever!

Feb 08, 2012

Great book! Recommended for anyone interested in the art of writing, and especially latino literature.

Mar 21, 2011

I gave up this book after the first section, which I thought was tedious. It wasn't interesting to me to read characters debating the merits or faults of poets I don't care about for page after page. If you were *really into* Lat. Am. poetry, you would probably like this book. But, I looked at some other reviews and one guy who *liked* this book even said that the second section is "labyrinthine, and sometimes aimless", so I'm glad I gave it up when I did. So many books, so little time - so I'm not slogging miserably through this one!

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