The Savage Detectives

The Savage Detectives


By (author) Roberto Bolano


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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 648 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 34mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312427484
  • ISBN 13: 9780312427481
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 69,480

Product description

National Bestseller In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolano tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes--the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself--on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe: our own. "The Savage Detectives "is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.

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Author information

Roberto Bolano 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 Romulo Gallegos Prize when it appeared in 1998. Roberto Bolano died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.

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"A masterpiece . . . [Roberto Bolano is] the most important writer to emerge from Latin America since Garcia Marquez."--"San Francisco"" Chronicle" "" "An exuberantly sprawling, politically charged picaresque novel."--"Elle" "" "Wildly enjoyable...Bolano beautifully manages to keep his comedy and his pathos in the same family.""--The New York Times Book Review"