By Roberto Bolaño
THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS” (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) Composed within the final years of Roberto Bolaño’s lifestyles, 2666 was greeted throughout Europe and Latin the United States as his maximum success, surpassing even his prior paintings in its strangeness, attractiveness, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters comprises teachers and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage scholar and her widowed, mentally risky father. Their lives intersect within the city sprawl of SantaTeresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, the place enormous quantities of younger manufacturing facility employees, within the novel as in existence, have disappeared.
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Then you switched back and saw the bits of cladding holding hands as they jumped together, skirts blowing up around their bodies. ) ‘I see,’ Celia said softly, turning away again. ’ She stroked my hand. ’ Ceel was the only person apart from my mother who ever called me Kenneth. ) ‘Less … fewer people. ’ ‘Ah; the posh places; the hedonistic ’hoods. ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘You’re probably right. ’ Gladbrook was Ceel’s place in the country, or rather her husband’s. Deepest Surrey. Disliked it the instant I heard of it, even before Ceel told me her husband only really used it for business meetings and impressing people.
Guilty,’ I said, surprised at her expression. ‘Why? ’ ‘Throwing perfectly good food away is wrong, Ken,’ she said, shaking her head as though at a child who needed to be told that scrawling on the walls with crayons was bad. ‘It was only a few bits of fruit,’ I said. ‘It would probably have been—’ ‘Oh, Ken,’ she said. She shook her head and stumped away. Kul came back with a cardboard box full of bottles of Cava and started handing them out to the many grasping hands. ‘Just for dropping,’ he told people seriously.
Yes,’ I said. ‘I’d suggested that if you speeded up “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder, you got the main riff from “Layla” by your man Clapton. ’ ‘Duane Allman,’ Phil said. ’ I asked him. ‘Came up with the riff; not Clapton. ’ Nikki nudged me hard with one elbow and nodded at the next Frame of Shame. ’ ‘Ah, my first death threat,’ I said with what I hoped sounded like undue modesty. ’ Nikki asked, wide eyes twinkling. ‘Yes, my dear, from funny, sleepy old Northern Ireland, where time stands still.
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