The Insufferable Gaucho
Unpredictable and daring, highly controlled and yet somehow haywire, the five short stories included here are some of Roberto 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.
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
An exemplary literary rebel
New York Review of Books