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Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953, but spent most of his life in Mexico and Spain, where he died at age 50. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives), Estrella distante (Distant Star), and Nocturno de Chile (By Night in Chile). In 2008 he posthumously received the National Book Critics Circle Award for 2666.
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