By Roberto Bolaño
THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS” (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) Composed within the final years of Roberto Bolaño’s lifestyles, 2666 was greeted throughout Europe and Latin the USA as his maximum success, surpassing even his past paintings in its strangeness, good looks, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters comprises teachers and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage scholar and her widowed, mentally risky father. Their lives intersect within the city sprawl of SantaTeresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, the place 1000's of younger manufacturing unit employees, within the novel as in existence, have disappeared.
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