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2666: A Novel by Roberto Bolaño

2666: A Novel (original 2004; edition 2009)

by Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)

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Title:2666: A Novel
Authors:Roberto Bolaño
Other authors:Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
Info:Picador (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 912 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Spanish Literature, Mexico, Crimes, Authors, World War II, Read in 2012, 12 in 12 Challenge

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2666 by Roberto Bolaño (2004)


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English (114)  German (4)  French (3)  Spanish (2)  Dutch (2)  Portuguese (Portugal) (2)  Japanese (1)  Italian (1)  Norwegian (Bokmål) (1)  All languages (130)
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This is a very long book, and about 300 pages of it is dedicated to descriptions of murdered women. It got a bit much. But maybe that was the point. That section is based on real life murders in a Mexican border town and it does bring home the tedious, repetitive and endless nature of violence against women. There is no glamour or intrigue, it's just neverending and no-one is really doing enough to make it stop. That's just one section, albeit the longest, of this strange book of 5 pretty much unrelated sections. I don't think it really succeeds as a book, but it has some great short stories stuck in amongst it, it cuts across a range of genres, and it's a really ambitious undertaking. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Jan 30, 2016 |
Bolano's exploration of Evil takes us on a lengthy journey into misogyny and murder. Characters float in and out from under his microscope in a seemingly random fashion. The bulk of the book takes place in a fictionalized Juarez and a war-torn Europe. Literary figures go in search of a mysterious author. Hundreds of young women get raped and murdered, and no one seems to care or do anything to stop it. Random acts abound. This book is about us. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Roberto Bolano's 2666 is a political masterpiece about the inescapable violence of modern life in Latin America. Written prior to his death from liver failure, Bolano asked his publishers to release it in 5 separate books because it would financially benefit his family. The heirs, however decided otherwise and the book was published in one lengthy volume. The five parts are linked by varying degrees of concern with unsolved murders of upwards of 300 young, poor, mostly uneducated Mexican women.

Part 1 describes a group of four European literary critics, the French Jean-Claude Pelletier, the Italian Piero Morini, the Spaniard Manuel Espinoza and the English woman Liz Norton and their search for the writer, Archimboldi.

Part 2 concentrates on Óscar Amalfitano, a Chilean professor of philosophy who fears Rosa will become another victim of the femicides plaguing the city.

Part 3 follows Oscar Fate, an American journalist from New York who begins to investigate the murders.

Part 4 depicts the police force in their mostly fruitless attempts to solve the crimes, as well as giving clinical descriptions of the circumstances and probable causes of the various homicides.

Part 5 takes us back to Archimboldi and explains his connection to the murderer of these women.

I listened to the audio of this novel and found it very interesting. Part 4 with the descriptions of one murder after another was a bit intense but Bolano is making a statement about how people are not too interested in solving these murders of low income women. I would recommend it to anyone interesting in Latin American literature.
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  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
The impression given by much of the talk about this book makes it seems like it is concerned solely with the murders of women in Mexico. Well that is certainly a pertinent subject in the book, and "The part about the Crimes" meditates on it heavily and in graphic detail, this work is more like a collection of thematically interconnected and interdependent novellas, with the city of Santa Teresa serving as a sort of psychic anchor that permeates the mood of the work. That said, read this book from beginning to end and savor it. it is sprawling in the best possible way. It reads easily, for all of its profundity and staggering lyricism. It meditates on violence, on art, on love, on all of those abstract matters in the most human and pervasive manner imaginable. I said before that The Savage Detectives was one of the best novels of the last twenty years, and I can easily say the same about this work. Bolaño by these two novels alone, by this novel alone, is a master of the form. ( )
1 vote poetontheone | Jan 19, 2016 |
2666 Roberto Bolano

This novel is split into 5 distinct sections that were originally due to be published as separate books, I think the family made the right call after Bolano's death of publishing it as one large novel as after reading the 1st section my motivation to buy another book to continue reading would have been low as a whole book it was natural to keep reading.

Section 1 - The Part About the Critics - This was probably my least favourite section it revolved around 4 readers (3 men and 1 woman) who are obsessed with the elusive German writer Archimboldi and spend a lot of time trying to track him down as well as forming arguments about his published works. This would have been an interesting section had the author not gone down the road of sexual relationships between the woman and two of the men. Their search ends in Santa Teresa the city that is really the centre point of the novel due to the incredible number of women who are murdered.

Section 2 - The Part About Amalfitano -Amalfitano provides a link between the critics and the murders as he lives in Santa Teresa and is concerned about his daughter who has every chance of becoming another statistic.

Section 3 - The Part About Fate - Fate is a journalist he has been sent to Santa Teresa to cover a boxing match as the sports writer is unavailable, while there he learns about the murders of women and feeling that it would make a better story he sets out to cover it. In this section Santa Teresa is a scary place the threat of danger is ever present and I was worried about Fate the whole time which made for a good reading experience.

Section 4 - The Part About the Crimes - A lot of readers find this section boring due to the repetitive nature of the crimes I actually found this made for interesting reading as it built up a picture about the treatment of women, the lack of interest of the authorities in solving the crimes and the differences between the crimes that were actually solved and those that weren't.

Section 5 - The Part About Archimboldi - This section goes back to the very beginning and gives us the history of Archimboldi from his early life, his years through the war and finally how he is linked to Santa Teresa and the murders. This was probably the most interesting in terms of character and exploring the past.

Now the ending after nearly 900 pages of reading I wanted a big bang to end on to tie things up, to explain to make you go ahh that's what it all meant, instead I got a fizzle, an ok so that was that link but what did the rest mean.

I enjoyed the book but for the amount of time invested I would have liked a bigger reward
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  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
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”2066” är en av dessa sällsynta romaner man skulle kunna bosätta sig i.
Nu bör alla som inte redan skaffat och läst den ha slängt på sig halsduken i farten, störtat ut i hösten och vara i fullt fläng på väg mot närmaste bokhandel.

(Note: this is not the same review as the other one by the same reviewer. It concerns a different translation.)
added by Jannes | editDagens Nyheter, Jonas Thente (Oct 19, 2010)
Lever han upp till sina ambitioner? Tveklöst. ”2066” är en av dessa sällsynta romaner man skulle kunna bosätta sig i.
"2666" ist ein kühnes, wildes, hochexperimentelles Ungetüm von einem Roman. In der vorliegenden Form keineswegs perfekt - besonders der zweite, dritte und fünfte Teil haben große Längen -, ist er doch immer noch so ziemlich allem überlegen, was in den letzten Jahren veröffentlicht wurde.
added by lophuels | editFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Daniel Kehlmann (Oct 14, 2010)
Theorie her oder hin, "2666" ist ein ungeheuerlicher Wal von einem Roman, er bläst seine Fontänen hoch in den Äther.

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Carmignani, IlideTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansen, ChristianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wimmer, NatashaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon Best of the Month, November 2008: It was one thing to read Roberto Bolaño's novel The Savage Detectives last year and have your mind thrilled and expanded by a sexy, meandering masterpiece born whole into the English language. It was still another to read it and know, from the advance reports of Spanish readers, that Bolaño's true masterpiece was still to come. And here it is: 2666, the 898-page novel he sprinted to finish before his early death in 2003, again showing Bolaño's mesmerizing ability to spin out tale after tale that balance on the edge between happy-go-lucky hilarity and creeping dread. But where the motion of The Savage Detectives is outward, expanding in wider and wider orbit to collect everything about our lonely world, 2666, while every bit as omnivorous, ratchets relentlessly toward a dark center: the hundreds of mostly unsolved murders of women in the desert borderlands of maquiladoras and la migra in northern Mexico. He takes his time getting there--he tells three often charming book-length tales before arriving at the murders--but when he does, in a brutal and quietly strange landscape where neither David Lynch nor Cormac McCarthy's Anton Chigurh would feel out of place, he writes with a horror that is both haunting and deeply humane. --Tom Nissley

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An American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student interact in an urban community on the U.S.-Mexico border where hundreds of young factory workers have disappeared.

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