Between Parentheses

Between Parentheses : Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998-2003

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Between Parentheses collects most of the newspaper columns and articles Bolano wrote during the last five years of his life, as well as the texts of some of his speeches and talks and a few scattered prologues. Taken together, as the editor Ignacio Echevarria remarks in his introduction, they provide a personal cartography of the writer: the closest thing, among all his writings, to a kind of fragmented autobiography. Bolano s career as a nonfiction writer began in 1998, the year he became famous overnight for The Savage Detectives; he was suddenly in demand for articles and speeches, and he took to this new vocation like a duck to water. Cantankerous, irreverent, and insufferably opinionated, Bolano also could be tender (about his family and favorite places) as well as a fierce advocate for his heroes (Borges, Cortazar, Parra) and his favorite contemporaries, whose books he read assiduously and promoted generously. A demanding critic, he declares that in his ideal literary kitchen there lives a warrior: he argues for courage, and especially for bravery in the face of failure. Between Parentheses fully lives up to his own demands: I ask for creativity from literary criticism, creativity at all levels. "show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 35.56mm | 544.31g
  • New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0811218147
  • 9780811218146
  • 176,155

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All the world is adrift in his universe, and the essays in Between Parentheses make it clear why departure was always Bolano s real homecoming, and exile the only literary option. 'A writer outside his native country seems to grow wings, ' he asserted. The brilliant flights of his novels lend credence to the theory. "show more