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

The author's eighth book to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published simultaneously with a Slipcased Edition that presents the novel in three separate softcover volumes, which correspond to the novel's different yet intertwined parts. The First Hardcover Edition is now very scarce. Presents Roberto Bolano's "2666". "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? "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. "The real thing and the rarest" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Natasha Wimmer. Together with Chris Andrews, Bolano's other major translator, Wimmer deserves credit for bringing Bolano's work to English-language readers, that is to say, to a global audience. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, quite simply, the single most beautiful copy we have ever seen. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374100144. $200.00

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