Wise words from the rock legend:


'Books can do so many things - sometimes they spur you on to study, sometimes they entertain and sometimes they drive you to write yourself. Every time I read Bolaño I feel so inspired, I just want to write...He's a genius - the expansiveness he creates, how he relates one book to another - he's set a new template for writing. [When I read] I look for new landscapes, new experiences and, most importantly, for beautifully written books. That's why I love Bolaño - he's a master of language.' Patti Smith


The Skating Rink is a good place to start with Bolaño's oeuvre, if you want something manageable. If you're completely fearless then may we recommend his masterpiece 2666.