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Woes of the true policeman (edition 2012)

by Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer

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Title:Woes of the true policeman
Authors:Roberto Bolaño
Other authors:Natasha Wimmer
Info:New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
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Woes of the True Policeman by Roberto Bolaño


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Bolano is so many things at once – a fabulist, a man of lists, an author who uses humor and irony so deftly that it all becomes quite poetic. And he is also a man of many nooks and crannies who glories and delights in the many ways he can mine that vein of his own special literature – one he helps the reader create. If only he had been able to finish this book, if only he had lived a bit longer… ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
The knock on this book is that it was a half-finished work sent to market to exploit Bolanomania and that the work seems to cover ground more thoroughly explored in 2066 and Savage Detectives. I say a half finished Bolano is better than 99 percent of the 100 percent finished books out there. Once again, Armando Duran does a masterful job of giving life to Bolano's wild chases and doomed characters. ( )
  byebyelibrary | Oct 1, 2015 |
A strange volume; it covers ground covered far better in 2666 - in other words, the part about Amalfitano, turning him into a much more homosexual character. Some of this book is heavy going, but I'm glad I read it - it felt like I was suddenly in a parallel universe in which the masterful 2666 did not exist. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Nov 8, 2014 |
Assorted scraps. We see parallels to 2666 - the writer Arcimboldi, the professor Amalfitano, long stretches of murders written in starchy newspaper prose. As incomplete and muddled as these fragments are, they might have been part of the great [b:2666|63032|2666|Roberto Bolaño|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328038189s/63032.jpg|3294830], and are therefore of interest to the Bolaño fan or the completist.

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  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Esta novela inacabada de Bolano repite algunos de los temas de otras obras anteriores. El protagonista es un profesor de filosofia, viudo, con una hija adolescente, que descubre, a sus cincuenta anos, su bisexualidad. La trama se desarrolla en Barcelona y en Mejico, aunque el protagonista rememora episodios de su vida anterior que tuvo mucho de itinerante. La poesia, la literatura, la vida de frontera, el desarraigo, y algunos episodios que rozan la literatura fantastica, son algunos de los elementos centrales de la novela. ( )
  alalba | Apr 25, 2011 |
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Follows Amalfitano, exiled Chilean university professor and widower with a teenage daughter, as his political disillusionment and love of poetry lead to the scandal that will force him to flee from Barcelona and take him to Santa Teresa, Mexico. It is here, in this border town, that Amalfitano meets Arcimboldi, a magician and writer whose work highlights the provisional and fragile nature of literature and life.… (more)

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