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


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

2666 has the power to mesmerise . . . All human life is contained in these burning pages, and Natasha Wimmer deserves a medal for her fluent translation
Independent on Sunday
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 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