Roberto Bolaño

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20th century Chilean poet and novelist

Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile. At fifteen, he moved with his family to Mexico and there became a Trotskyite and a journalist. In 1973, he returned to Chile and enlisted in Allende’s party but was imprisoned for a week after the military coup. He then went to El Salvador, where he knew the poet Roque Dalton, then to Mexico, and finally Spain where he worked as a dishwasher, waiter, night watchman, garbageman, longshoreman, and salesman until the 80’s when he could make enough money to support himself by writing, and publishing. In 1999 he won the extremely prestigious Herralde & el Rómulo Gallego Award, considered the Latin American Nobel Prize (García Márquez and Vargas Llosa have been other winners.) He died of liver failure in Barcelona, and is survived by his wife and two children.

A Little Lumpen Novelita

A Little Lumpen Novelita

The Secret of Evil

The Secret of Evil

Between Parentheses

Between Parentheses

The Unknown University

The Unknown University

Tres

Tres

The Insufferable Gaucho

The Insufferable Gaucho

The Return

The Return

Antwerp

Antwerp

Monsieur Pain

Monsieur Pain

Nazi Literature in the Americas

Nazi Literature in the Americas

Romantic Dogs

Romantic Dogs

Amulet

Amulet

Last Evenings on Earth

Last Evenings on Earth

Distant Star

Distant Star

By Night in Chile

By Night in Chile

The Skating Rink

The Skating Rink

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An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter