Released on 04 September 2009.

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2666

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Synopsis

Written with burning intensity in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 has been hailed across the world as the great writer's masterpiece, surpassing everything in imagination, beauty and scope. It is a novel on an astonishing scale from a passionate visionary.

Santa Teresa, on the Mexico-US border: an urban sprawl that draws lost souls to it like a vortex. 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. As in the real town of Juárez, on which Santa Teresa is based, girls and women are disappearing at an alarming rate . . .

As 2666 progresses, as the sense of conspiracy grows, as the shadow of the apocalypse draws closer, Santa Teresa becomes an emblem of the corruption, violence and decadence of twentieth-century European history.

In the media

2666 makes difficulty sexy. Or, rather, it successfully (and sexily) makes the case that art has every right to be challenging, shocking, self-referential, intellectual, intermittently insane, and to contain more corpses than a CSI box set. It is a novel that crackles with moral purpose
Prospect
2666 is a masterpiece or nothing. In the States, it has been widely acclaimed as the former, perhaps even "the first great book of the twenty-first century" And I think that's not without justification
Evening Standard
A masterpiece in its audacity . . . This novel defies summation: it is epic, tangential, nomadic, and yet a magisterial weave of differing literary genres. It is hard to believe that there will be a better book published this year
Sunday Telegraph