Lost Roberto Bolano story to appear in the Paris Review
Roberto Bolaño, author of the 2008 novel "2666," is a successful writer -- the massive, 912-page book was a bestseller and won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. He's remarkably successful, even, because he died in 2003.
His death hasn't slowed the productivity of the Chilean writer -- in fact, since the success of "2666," we've seen piles of Bolaño published in America. New Directions has been the publisher for much of his work, including "Monsieur Pain," a short novel; "Antwerp," a kind of metafiction; and "The Insufferable Gaucho," a mix of short fiction and essays; in spring 2011, the publisher will deliver a collection of essays and speeches in "Between Parentheses."
But New Directions doesn't have a lock on Bolaño in translation -- in fact, his relationship is still going strong with his English-language editor on "2666," Lorin Stein. Stein left Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2010 to become editor of the storied literary journal the Paris Review -- and the Paris Review will be running Bolaño's "lost novel" as a serial in four issues, over the course of a year.
“Poor man,” I heard Hanna say.
I asked to whom she was referring; I was told to take a closer look without being obvious about it. The rental guy was dark, with long hair and a muscular build, but the most noticeable thing about him by far was the burns -- I mean burns from a fire, not the sun -- that covered most of his face, neck, and chest, and which he displayed openly, dark and corrugated, like grilled meat or the crumpled metal of a downed plane.
In our pages, Ben Ehrenreich called "2666" "strange and marvelous and impossibly funny, bursting with melancholy and horror." It's a mix American readers have shown a taste for -- and perhaps that taste will lead them to the upcoming serial in the Paris Review.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Roberto Bolaño. Credit: New Directions