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Bolano, Roberto (Author) & Wimmer, Natasha (Translator) . THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES: THE PICADOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. London, England: Picador Books, 2012. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 620 pages. As New.

The author's seventh book to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in this edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. Published in a small and limited print run as a Softcover Edition only and as one of 40 iconic titles to celebrate Picador's 40th Anniversary Year. The edition is nothing less than a triumph of British publishing: It is beautifully produced on archival stock paper, features a brilliant design whose front cover closeup of a vintage car is adapted from a photograph by Gerry Lakin, and closes with a 25-page Coda of supplementary materials, "Bolano Fully Booked", which appears in book form for the very first time. Without DJ, as issued. There is no American Edition. The Picador Edition is now scarce. Presents Roberto Bolano's masterpiece, which finally brought him the international recognition he yearned for and so richly deserved, and transformed his status from cult to world-class writer. 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. A "must-have" edition for Roberto Bolano completists. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the Picador 40th Anniversary Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1447202856. $20.00

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