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Woes of the True Policeman
by Roberto Bolano and Natasha Wimmer


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Begun in the 1980s and worked on until the author's death in 2003, "Woes of the True ""Policeman "is Roberto Bolano's last, unfinished novel.

The novel follows Oscar Amalfitano an exiled Chilean university professor and widower through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter, Rosa, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Begun in the 1980s and worked on until the author's death in 2003, "Woes of the True ""Policeman "is Roberto Bolano's last, unfinished novel.

The novel follows Oscar Amalfitano an exiled Chilean university professor and widower through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter, Rosa, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona.

Forced to leave Barcelona for Santa Teresa, a Mexican city close to the U.S. border where women are being killed in unprecedented numbers, Amalfitano soon begins an affair with Castillo, a young forger of Larry Rivers paintings. Meanwhile, Rosa, Amalfitano's daughter, engages in her own epistolary romance with a basketball player from Barcelona, while still trying to cope with her mother's early death and her father's secrets. After finding Castillo in bed with her father, Rosa is forced to confront her own crisis. What follows is an intimate police investigation of Amalfitano that involves a series of dark twists, culminating in a finale full of euphoria and heartbreak.

Featuring characters and stories from his other books, "Woes of the True Policeman "invites the reader more than ever into the world of Roberto Bolano. It is an exciting, kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense, yet darkly humorous. Exploring the roots of memory and the limits of art, "Woes of the True Policeman "marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780374266745
  • ISBN-10: 0374266743
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish Date: November 2012
  • Page Count: 250
  • Dimensions: 9.22 x 6.29 x 0.94 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.01 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-11-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

In his incomplete final novel, Bolaño (2666) begins with Amalfitano, a 50-year-old philosophy professor at the University of Barcelona, who loses his position after he's accused of having an affair with one of his male students. With his adolescent daughter, Rosa, he decides to move to Santa Teresa, a Mexican border town, where he finds a new teaching position at the local university. There he becomes friendly with an artist named Castillo, who makes a living forging Larry Rivers paintings to sell to gullible Texan art lovers. From here, the narrative splinters as Bolaño details Rosa's tours of Santa Teresa, itemizes the literary career of the novelist J.M.G. Arcimboldi, and delves into the backstory of the Santa Teresa detective charged with shadowing Amalfitano. Throughout, the professor maintains a correspondence with his former lover, Padilla, who in time confesses that he has AIDS. Began in the 1980s, this novel never really comes together to form a cohesive whole. Dedicated to both Manuel Puig and Philip K. Dick, the book veers close to the latter's habitual sense of dislocation. It may be best enjoyed by fans of the late author's work who appreciate his iconoclastic takes on literary standard-bearers. (Nov.)

 
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