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Roberto Bolaño (1953–2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico and Spain. A poet and novelist, he has been acclaimed as “by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” (The Los Angeles Times), and as “the real thing and the rarest” (Susan Sontag). Among his many prizes are the Premio Rómulo Gallegos, the Premio Herralde de Novela and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is widely considered to be the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. His books include The Savage Detectives, 2666, The Spirit of Science Fiction, By Night in Chile, Distant Star, Last Evenings on Earth, and The Romantic Dogs.
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