It is safe to predict that no novel this year will have as powerful an effect on the reader as this one.
- Publishers Weekly, starred review
Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his most brilliant achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strange beauty, daring experimentation, and epic scope.
The book’s subject matter ranges from the heady heights of literature and love to the gritty realism of violence and death as it explores how humans make sense of senseless events. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, writers and cops, pursuing their own separate yet interrelated quests for meaning: an enigmatic Prussian novelist who disappears from the public eye after the death of his lover; a group of literary critics who bond through their shared love of the novelist’s works; an African American journalist sent to Mexico on a sports beat in the wake of his mother’s death; and a Spanish professor and widowed father whose mind is beginning to lose its grip on reality. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa, a fictional Juárez on the US-Mexico border, where the serial killings of hundreds of young working class women remain unsolved.
Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Fiction, 2008.
©2004 the heirs of Roberto Bolaño; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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One of the best books I have read in a long time. This work far surpasses Bolano's own "The Savage Detectives," as well as most so-called "masterworks" of the past 50 years. I am a big fan of Thomas Pynchon, Salman Rushdie, Gunter Grass, etc, etc... and this novel ranks alongside the best of any of these authors.
Highly, highly recommended.
Bolaño is good like Hesse is good. Like Saul Bellow or McCarthy. Like a warm blooded Sam Beckett or a Joyce without the numbing cognitive overflow.
This book is funny, dark, engrossing and impossibly unique. 2666 proves Bolaño is an authority. This book sets precedent and enriches the canon of great literature.
Don't attempt to read this book if you like Dan Brown or Grisham or garbage like that. The idiot reviewer above who tried to read this book was probably just dating some girl in a writing class or a Chilean exchange student.
Book rambles, goes down pointless paths. Introduces countless characters who never stick around long enough to connect to. Reviews for this book are over inflated. If he was still alive I doubt the reviews would be so great.