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The Savage Detectives
by Roberto Bolano and Natasha Wimmer


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In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolano 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

National Bestseller

In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolano 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."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312427481
  • ISBN-10: 0312427484
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: March 2008
  • Page Count: 648
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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The Savage Detectives

Bolaño, a native of Chile who died in 2003, is considered one of the leading Latin American writers of recent years. His sprawling, unconventional novel tells the story of a group of spirited young Mexican poets called the Visceral Realists. The Realists are on a quest to find their literary idol, a writer named Cesárea Tinajero, and the journey is a wild one, to say the least. Set in the 1970s, the book's funny, colorful first section is composed of diary entries written by Juan García Marquez, a 17-year-old poet who becomes part of the group. The following section is a shifting kaleidoscope of narratives contributed by writers, friends, and acquaintances of the Visceral Realists, each of whom shares personal impressions of the poets. The final portion of the narrative recounts the journey of Marquez and two fellow poets as they continue their search for Tinajero. Covering two decades and hopping from Mexico to Spain to France and Israel, among other places, Bolaño's big-hearted book is, in the end, a tribute to ambitious young writers everywhere. Funny, raunchy and poetic, it's a madcap novel that teems with detail and a diverse set of characters. Selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best books of the year for 2007, this unforgettable work has earned the author comparisons to Gabriel García Márquez.

 
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