The Insufferable Gaucho

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Picador

Publication date: 12.02.2015
ISBN: 9780330510639
Number of pages: 176

Synopsis

Unpredictable and daring, highly controlled and yet somehow haywire, the five short stories included here are some of Bolaño’s best. Whether they concern a stalwart rodent detective trying to investigate the mysterious deaths of his fellow rats, an elderly judge giving up his job in the city for an improbable return to the family farm in the pampas, or a confrontation between an elusive film-maker and the little-known Argentinian novelist whose work he’s plagiarized for years, they are as haunting as they are enthralling.

In addition, The Insufferable Gaucho offers, for the first time in English, two essays: ‘Literature + Illness = Illness’ and ‘The Myths of Cthulhu’. Provocative and often scathing, these essays are alive with Bolaño’s trademark humour, violence and utter faith in the power of the written word.

Roberto Bolaño confirmed his place as a giant of Latin American literature with his novels The Savage Detectives and 2666. He is undoubtedly, as Susan Sontag said, ‘the real thing and the rarest’. The Insufferable Gaucho was the last book he prepared for publication before he died in 2003.

In the media

Bolaño wrote with the high-voltage first-person braininess of a Saul Bellow and an extreme subversive vision of his own
New York Times Magazine
A master of the short form . . . I wish Bolaño would continue to write stories . . . He is clearly in his flow, poking fun not only at others but also at himself. His heavenly distance has given him a clear-eyed, if mischievous perspective
Independent
An exemplary literary rebel
New York Review of Books