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‘A fascinating, even compulsory addition to the Bolaño fan’s bookshelf . . . the sentences whizz over your head like bullets’ Daily Telegraph

Antwerp was Roberto Bolaño’s first novel, though he chose not to publish it until 2002, more than twenty years after he’d written it.

Set amidst the seedy hotels and deserted campsites on the Costa Brava, and filled with hapless girls, failed poets, and shifty policemen, Antwerp is a short and cinematic experimental crime novel spliced together with voices from a dream, from a nightmare, from passers-by, from an omniscient narrator, from ‘Roberto Bolaño’.

Intense and irrepressible, the novel is a personal declaration of the power of literature; reading it is to be present at the birth of Bolaño’s enterprise in prose, to see the beginning, to witness the moment when his talent explodes.

‘It’s hard to think of a writer who has multiplied the possibilities more times than Roberto Bolaño’ Nicole Krauss, Guardian

About Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City. He is the author of The Savage Detectives, which received the Herralde Prize and the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, and 2666, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of fifty.

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Books by Roberto Bolaño

2666
2666
Monsieur Pain
Monsieur Pain
The Romantic Dogs
The Romantic Dogs
A Little Lumpen Novelita
A Little Lumpen Novelita
Between Parentheses
Between Parentheses
The Third Reich
The Third Reich
Woes of the True Policeman
Woes of the True Policeman
The Secret of Evil
The Secret of Evil
The Unknown University
The Unknown University
The Insufferable Gaucho
The Insufferable Gaucho
The Return
The Return
Tres
Tres
The Skating Rink
The Skating Rink
Nazi Literature in the Americas
Nazi Literature in the Americas
Amulet
Amulet
The Savage Detectives
The Savage Detectives