RARA-AVIS: Re: Savage Detectives

From: Gonzalo Baeza ( gbaeza@gmail.com)
Date: 19 Feb 2008

Bola񯧳 untranslated novel "La Pista de Hielo" (The Ice Rink) is probably the closest he ever came to properly crime/noir. Set in an unnnamed Spanish coastal town, it's the story of a crime as seen through the eyes of three different characters. I heartily recommend it, even if it's not up there with "2666" and "Los Detectives Salvajes".

-Gonzalo. saddlebums.blogspot.com

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Saler" <mtsaler@...> wrote:
> I'm a long-time lurker (and long-time appreciator) of this group,
> as a Bolano fan have to strongly second mrt's endorsement of _The
> Savage Detectives_. It's a brilliant novel on its own, sort of an
> The Road_ with paragraph breaks, and while it is not wholy
> with criminals (though there are plenty of them), Bolano himself
> appreciated crime fiction and said in his last interview that if he
> could be anything other than a writer, he'd be a detective.
> The following description of _2666_, which is currently being
> translated into English for Farrar, Straus & Giraux, indicates that
> it falls directly into noirish territory:
> "Divided into five sections that Bolano first envisioned as
> novels, to be published one a year, "2666" begins with the hunt for
> writer who has disappeared. But the search for the writer converges
> with the efforts of police confronting a serial killer who preys on
> female factory workers in a Mexican border town."
> A shorter novel about the search for a serial killer is his
> Star_, which is an extended version of the final story that appears
> in his latest "novel," _Nazi Literatures in the Americas_.
> Mike

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