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Bolano, Roberto (Author) & Wimmer, Natasha (Translator). WOES OF THE TRUE POLICEMAN. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 250 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's final and unfinished novel. Roberto Bolano's valedictory achievement. 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 in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Roberto Bolano's "Los sinsabores del verdadero policia" in a felicitous English translation by his champion/translator, Natasha Wimmer. "Follows Oscar Amalfitano, an exiled Chilean university professor and widower, through the maze of his revolutionary past, his relationship with his teenage daughter, his passion for a former student, and his retreat from scandal in Barcelona. Forced to leave Barcelona for Santa Teresa, a Mexican city close to the US border, where women are being killed in unprecedented numbers, Amalfitano soon begins an affair with Castillo, a young forger of Larry Rivers paintings. An intimate police investigation of Amalfitano that involves a series of dark twists culminates in a finale full of euphoria and heartbreak. An exciting, kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense yet darkly humorous. Marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature" (Publisher's blurb). After digging up and finding a seemingly inexhaustible treasure trove, this is it, together with "The Unknown University" (2013), the most complete collection of Bolano's poetry. Bolano readers and admirers can now take a deep breath, relax, and take it all in, Roberto Bolano's achievement (and inevitably, shortcomings) in full. An absolute "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Roberto Bolano's champion and English translator, Natasha Wimmer. Together with Chris Andrews, Wimmer deserves major credit for bringing Bolano's transcendent work to English-language readers. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First American Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374266743. $100.00

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