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Bolano, Roberto (Author) & Wimmer, Natasha (Translator). 2666: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 898 pages. As New.

The author's eighth book to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of the 21st century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Published simultaneously with the Hardcover Edition, it is actually the more collectible edition because: a) it was issued in a very small and limited print run; b) it conforms more closely to Bolano's stated wishes about the book; and c) it was not reissued once all the First Edition copies were sold. The Slipcased Edition beautifully presents the novel in three separate volumes, which approximate Roberto Bolano's original (and brilliant) plan to publish the book in separate installments that correspond to the novel's different yet intertwined parts. "This brilliant behemoth is grand in scope, ambition, and sheer page count. Translator Natasha Wimmer has again done a masterful job. No novel this year will have as powerful an effect on the reader as this one" (Publishers Weekly). What exactly is Roberto Bolano's achievement? "He emerged as a writer at a time when Latin America no longer believed in utopias, when paradise had become hell, and that sense of monstrousness and waking nightmares and constant flight from something horrid permeates '2666' and all his work. A writer who worked without a net, who went all out, with no brakes, and in doing so, created a new way to be a great Latin American writer" (Rodrigo Fresan). "Bolano was the first to make a true break from the legacy of 'The Boom'. Many other writers of his generation, and younger writers too, have tried and are still trying to make a literature of their own, one that doesn't languish in the long shadow of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and the other novelists who exploded on the world scene in the 1960's. Bolano made the leap seem effortless. The writers of The Boom put Latin America on the map. Bolano creates a Latin America of the mind, a post-nationalist Latin America filtered through a rootless, restless, uncompromising literary sensibility" (Natasha Wimmer). The consistently high level of Bolano's virtuosity is almost miraculous when one sees it as having been achieved during a brief and miserable personal life. It was as though he turned to literature not just to complement or complete but to change his life altogether. By the time of his untimely death in 2003 at the age of 50, Bolano was universally regarded as the greatest Spanish-language novelist of our time. "Something extraordinarily beautiful and entirely new" (Francine Prose). "The real thing and the rarest" (Susan Sontag). A masterpiece from the first truly great post-Magical Realism novelist, this is a "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano and contemporary literature collectors. This edition is now completely sold out and highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First English-language Slipcased Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 21st century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374531552. $300.00

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