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Bolano, Roberto (Author) & Andrews, Chris (Translator). NAZI LITERATURE IN THE AMERICAS. New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 227 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's Borgesian encyclopedia of imaginary extreme right-wing authors. 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. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents fourteen biographies of Fascist and Nazi writers, complete with Bibliographies, Cross-References, and an Epilogue, a dazzling work of literary "scholarship" created by Roberto Bolano from scratch. In other words, Borges, the writer Bolano regards as the greatest Spanish writer of the 20th century, and his "Book of Imaginary Beings" brilliantly re-imagined as a Book of Imaginary Monsters, and given a radical political twist that the apolitical-leaning-conservative Borges would have found unimaginable. 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). An absolute "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0811217051. $100.00

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