A Little Lumpen Novelita

Roberto Bolaño

Translated by Natasha Wimmer
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07 April 2016
9781447292920
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Synopsis

'Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime': so Bianca begins her tale of growing up the hard way in Rome in A Little Lumpen Novelita.

Orphaned overnight as a teenager - 'our parents died in a car crash on their first vacation without us' - she drops out of school, gets a crappy job, sees a terrible brightness at night, and drifts into bad company. Her little brother brings home two petty criminals who need a place to stay. As the four of them share the family apartment and plot a strange crime, Bianca learns she can drift lower . . .

Electric and tense with foreboding, with its jagged, propulsive short chapters beautifully translated by Natasha Wimmer, A Little Lumpen Novelita - one of the last novels Roberto Bolaño published - delivers a surprising, fractured fairy tale of taking control of one's fate.

As for Bolaño, what can one say? One of our greatest writers, a straight colossus

Junot Díaz

One of the best books of the year - A Little Lumpen Novelita feels as substantial as a book three times as long . . . This is a glittering gem, as maddening and haunting as you'd expect from Bolaño

Gabe Habash - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)