By Roberto Bolano, Sybil Perez, Marcela Valdes
With the discharge of Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives in 1998,journalist Monica Maristain found a author “capable of befriending his readers.” After changing a number of letters with Bolaño, Maristain shaped a friendship of her personal, culminating in an in depth interview with the novelist approximately fact and results, an interview that became out to be Bolaño’s last.
Appearing for the 1st time in English, Bolaño’s ultimate interview is followed by means of a set of conversations with journalists stationed all through Latin the US, offering a wealthy context for the paintings of the author who, in accordance to essayist Marcela Valdes, is “a T.S. Eliot or Virginia Woolf of Latin American letters.” As in all of Bolaño’s paintings, there's additionally wide-ranging dialogue of the author’s many literary impacts. (Explanatory notes on authors and titles which may be surprising to English-language readers are incorporated here.)
The interviews, all of that have been accomplished throughout the writing of the big 2666, additionally tackle Bolaño’s inner most own matters, from his household existence and kids to the realities of a deadly affliction
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Dick, although as time passes and I get older, Dick seems more and more realist to me. Deep down—and I think you’ll agree with me—the question doesn’t lie in the distinction of realist/fantastic but in language and structures, in ways of seeing. I had no idea that you liked Teresa de la Parra so much. When I was in Venezuela people spoke a lot about her. Of course, I’ve never read her. CB: Teresa de la Parra is one of the greatest women writers, or greatest writers, and when you read her you’ll agree.
RB: I accept that. But it’s indisputable that there are good sentiments in it. I think Borges said that a good writer is normally a good person. It must have been Borges because he said practically everything. Good writers who are bad people are the exception. I can think only of one. HS/MB: Who? RB: Louis-Ferdinand Céline, a great writer and son of a bitch. Just an abject human being. It’s incredible that the coldest moments of his abjection are covered under an aura of nobility, which is only attributable to the power of words.
He would say to me, What you do think of such and such text? ” What Bolaño needed, González Rodríguez explains, was help with the details of the murders and the police investigations, because the press accounts of them were too vague. He wanted to know how the narcos in Juárez operated, what cars they drove, what weapons they carried. “What he liked was precision,” González Rodríguez says. In the case of weapons, for example, Bolaño wanted to know not just the brand but also the model and the caliber.