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 United States as his optimum success, surpassing even his earlier paintings in its strangeness, good looks, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters comprises lecturers 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 countless numbers of younger manufacturing unit employees, within the novel as in existence, have disappeared.
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