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Bolano by Monica Maristain


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Bolano by Monica Maristain
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Sep 30, 2014 | ISBN 9781612193472

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Bolaño: A Biography in Conversations does much to add to our culture’s obsession with celebrity and the myths that surround writers in particular… A fun and enveloping read.”
NPR, Best Books of 2014

“[A] major contribution…to a secondary literature that might cast some light on the implications of the Chilean novelist’s work… Poignant reading.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“A vivid profile of both man and author — dispelling so many of the erroneous claims about his life that became mythologized as part of his legend and legacy… [An] insightful and impartial glimpse into his life, personality, and dedication to craft.”
the Oregonian

“One gets a more vivid picture of the many worlds in which Bolaño circulated… The volume is brisk and animated, and…unweighted by the burden of mythology that Bolaño’s memory has suffered for the past two decades.”
Cleaver Magazine

“A very human biography of an artist who has posthumously enjoyed a surge in readership in the Anglophone world.”

“By interviewing his family, friends and fellow writers, Maristain assembles a portrait of Bolaño’s youth in Mexico’s ’Infrarealist’ literary movement, the inspirations for his masterpieces…and his death from liver failure  in 2003, aged 51… The interview format works best when writers relax into talking openly of their friend and his books, as the critic Ignacio Echevarría does when he says Bolaño’s novels grow every time he reads them.”
the Independent (UK), Best Biographies

Books of the Year, The Scotsman (UK)

“In this first-ever biography of the acclaimed Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, a picture emerges of a writer whose childhood eccentricities developed into a fearless drive that was bent on fighting mediocrity with frank talk that earned him enemies.”
Maclean’s (Canada)

“A celebratory echo of The Savage Detectives…[with] many lines that could almost have been taken from the novel.”
The Spectator (UK)

“Mónica Maristain has sought…to unveil the ‘real’ Bolaño through a series of Q & A format interviews with his publishers, former lovers, student friends and literary rivals… Maristain’s book has much to say about Bolaño’s place in Latin American literature.”
The Telegraph (UK)

“Opinions on Bolaño from the people who knew him best… It satisfies a hunger.”
Sunday Times (UK)

“It’s valuable for the vivid impression one takes away of Bolaño the man, the friend, the writer, the husband, the lover, the father… Fascinating reading.”
The Nervous Breakdown

“[A] fascinating narrative that flows as freely as a novel… Absolutely essential for Bolaño fans and scholars alike.”

Praise for Mónica Maristain’s Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview

“In many ways … more fun to read than his novels.”
Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

“Given how little biographical information about Bolaño is readily available—and given how the myths around the man proliferate—Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview is a welcome and handy little volume that anyone interested in the author will likely enjoy.”
The Complete Review

The Last Interview provides many valuable insights into the mind of this truly revolutionary writer.”
Rain Taxi

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