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Bolano, Roberto (Author) & Wimmer, Natasha (Translator) . THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 577 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's seventh book to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of our time. Recently selected as the greatest Spanish-language novel of the first decade of the 21st century. The first appearance of the title 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 through a generous grant by Spain's Ministry of Culture. The First Edition is now rare. 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 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). Could it be that "The Savage Detectives" is destined to be regarded as the greatest novel of the decade, period? An absolute "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in pen on the title page by Natasha Wimmer. It also comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the National Book Festival during which her signature was obtained. As his translator, Wimmer deserves credit for bringing Bolano's work to English-language readers, that is to say, to a global audience. This title was recently selected as the greatest Spanish-language novel of the first decade of the 21st century. This is one of very few such signed 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 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 0374191484. $250.00

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