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Bolano, Roberto (Author) & Andrews, Chris (Translator). AMULET. New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 184 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fourth book to be translated into English. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Focuses on the Uruguayan poet Auxilio Lacouture who runs across a host of Latin-American artists and writers, among them "Arturo Belano", Bolano's alter ego. "Amulet" remains in Auxilio's first-person voice while still allowing for the frenetic scattering of other personalities Bolano effortlessly and masterfully handles. 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). 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. "The real thing and the rarest" (Susan Sontag). A "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0811216640. $70.00

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