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Nazi Literature in the Americas (1996)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0811217051, Hardcover)Amazon Significant Seven, February 2008: As with the emergence of W.G. Sebald into English a decade ago, the most exciting new writer to watch is one we're just catching up with: the late Roberto Bolaño, whose ground-breaking fiction defined a generation of Spanish-speaking literature. In between last year's thrillingly meandering epic, The Savage Detectives, and the upcoming alleged masterwork, 2666, comes a small and strange book (but no stranger than the rest), Nazi Literature in the Americas. Presented as a biographical encyclopedia of right-wing writers in North and South America, these short, invented lives are full of the stuff of minor literary scenes and forgotten books, with delusion and creation mixed in equal fashion. Funny, melancholy, surprisingly tender, and--once in a while--erupting into fury, Bolaño spins out tale after tale with the joy of sheer invention and the burden of inescapable history. --Tom Nissley
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"A tour de force of black humor, Roberto Bolano's Nazi Literature in the Americas presents itself as an encyclopedia of extremely right-wing writers." "Composed of short biographies of imaginary pan-American authors (the nations with the most representatives are Argentina, with eight, and the USA, with seven), Nazi Literature describes, in fourteen thematic sections, the writers' lives, politics, and literary works. It includes bibliographies, cross-references, and an epilogue ("For Monsters"). Although the writers are invented, they are all carefully and credibly situated in real literary worlds: his characters rebuff Ginsberg's advances in Greenwich Village, encounter Paz in Mexico City, and quarrel with Lezama Lima in Cuba. The tone of the entries is brisk and pseudoacademic, but with delicately balanced irony and pathos. Bolano does not simply use his fascist writers for target practice: he manages to sketeh character portraits that are often pathetically funny, sometimes surprisingly moving, and, on occasion, authentically chilling."--BOOK JACKET.
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