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Roberto Bolano
Natasha Wimmer
Woes of the True Policeman
 
 
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Roberto Bolano. Natasha Wimmer, trans.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780374266745
Pages/Publication Date 250/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41690
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An unfinished novel recovered posthumously from Roberto Bolaño's papers, Woes of the True Policeman was begun in the 1980s and returned to repeatedly until his death in 2003, and appears to be the last such work that we will see from the much lamented author. The novel follows Óscar Amalfitano—an exiled Chilean university professor and widower—through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter Rosa, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona. Forced to live in the Mexican border city Santa Teresa, where women are being killed in unprecedented numbers, Amalfitano begins an affair with Castillo, a young forger of Larry Rivers paintings. Meanwhile Rosa engages in her own epistolary romance with a basketball player from Barcelona, while still trying to cope with her mother's early death and her father's secrets. Featuring characters and stories from Bolaño's other books, this is a kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense yet also darkly humorous.

"Bolaño fans, and there are many, will have no trouble delving right in to once again devour the master linguist's every word.... The work may be incomplete, but Bolaño, periodically tinkering on the novel from the 1980s until his death, in 2003, had nearly created a fully realized world, one begging to be further fleshed out.... Even in an unpolished manuscript, his capacity for spinning out pages-long sentences using language in new and surprising ways shows that this is quintessential Bolaño."—Booklist

 
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