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2666

Picador Classic

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Book 45 in the series

4.2 based on 14478 ratings & 1320 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 16.06.2016
ISBN: 9781447289593
Number of pages: 928

Synopsis

With an introduction by Ben Lerner

The truth is we never stop being children, terrible children covered in sores and knotty veins and tumors and age spots, but ultimately children, in other words we never stop clinging to life because we are life.

Santa Teresa, on the Mexico-US border: an urban sprawl, a vortex for lost souls. Convicts and academics find themselves here, as does an American sportswriter, a teenage student with her widowed father, and a reclusive, 'missing' author. But there is a darker side to the town: girls and women are disappearing at an alarming rate and it is fast becoming the scene of a series of horrifying crimes. As 2666 progresses, the sense of conspiracy grows, and the shadow of the apocalypse is drawing closer.

Written with burning intensity in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 became a sensation on publication and has been hailed across the world as Bolaño's masterpiece. Terrifying, awe-inspiring and beautiful, it is the classic novel that has come to define one of Latin America's greatest writers.

In the media

The fact that the book remains as riveting as any top-notch thriller is testament to Bolaño's astonishing virtuosity . . . 2666 achieves something extremely rare in fiction: it provides an all-encompassing view of our world
Sunday Times
2666 lingers in the unconscious like a sizzling psychotropic for days or weeks after reading. It is a novel both prodigious in scope and profound in implication, but a book ablaze with the furious passion of its own composition. As the Argentinian writer Rodrigo Fresán has observed, "What is sought and achieved here is the Total Novel, placing the author of 2666 on the same team as Cervantes, Sterne, Melville, Proust, Musil and Pynchon." Like each of these titanic forebears, Bolaño has come close to re-imagining the novel
Independent
Wondrous . . . 2666 is a major literary event . . . It is an important development in the novel form and an unforgettable piece of writing that will resonate for years to come
Daily Telegraph

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