By Night in Chile: A Novel (Paperback)

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By Night in Chile: A Novel (Paperback)

By Roberto Bolaño, Chris Andrews (Translated by), Nicole Krauss (Introduction by)


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“Extraordinary . . . [Bolaño’s] greatest work.” —James Wood, The New York Times

The book that catapulted Roberto Bolaño into international literary stardom, By Night in Chile is the final testimony of Sebastián Urrutia Lacroix—Chilean priest and member of Opus Dei, eminent literary critic and failed poet—as he is haunted by a shadowy figure from his past. In Urrutia’s feverish last hours, a deluge of memories pours from him: of hobnobbing with Santiago’s most unctuous literati; of undertaking a mission to save Europe’s decaying cathedrals from existential threat by pigeon excrement; of retreating into Greco-Roman poetry during the darkest chapter of modern Chilean history; of tutoring Augusto Pinochet in Marxist theory, so that the General may better understand his enemies. Throughout he insists, with fracturing conviction, that he was always on the right side of history. A novel about high art and fascism, silence and complicity, and, ultimately, the weight of damnation, Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile is a deep-cutting satire and a work of devastating moral insight.

Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. His first full-length novel, The Savage Detectives, received the Herralde Prize and the Rómulo Gallegos Prize when it appeared in 1998. Roberto Bolaño died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.

Product Details ISBN: 9781250321749
ISBN-10: 1250321743
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2024
Pages: 144
Language: English