The first biography of Chilean novelist Roberto BolaNo, the author of the international bestsellers "The" "Savage Detectives" and "2666" How to know the man behind works of fiction so prone to extravagance? In the first biography of Chilean novelist and poet Roberto BolaNo, journalist MOnica Maristain tracks BolaNo from his childhood in Chile to his youth in Mexico and his early infatuation with literature, to years of tremendous literary productivity in Spain, and to his untimely death and the posthumous and unprecedented stardom that came with the international publication of his novels "The Savage Detectives" and "2666." "BolaNo: A Biography in Conversations" is assembled from a series of rich interviews with the people who knew BolaNo best: we meet BolaNo's first publisher, who printed 225 copies of his first book of poetry; are introduced to his parents and an array of childhood friends, who watched a precocious young man turn into an obsessive writer who barely left the house; and witness the birth of BolaNo's famed Infrarealist literary movement. The book also sheds new light on aspects of BolaNo's life taht have long been shrouded in mystery: for the first time, we learn the details of his final illness and the drama of his final days. Throughout the book, Maristain present an image far removed from the stereotypes that have been created over the years, with the aim of reintroducing the man whose works grabbed readers worldwide. Maristain writes as a journalist and admirer, impressed with the power of BolaNo's prose and the cool irony with which he faced the literary world.
About the Author
MONICA MARISTAIN is an editor, journalist, and poet. Born in Argentina, she has lived in Mexico since 2000. She has written for various national and international media, including the Argentine newspapers "ClarIn," "PAgina/12," and "La NaciOn," and in 1992 she was named Argentina's Journalist of the Year for her coverage of the Barcelona Olympics. She is currently the culture editor of "SinEmbargo." Her much-cited interview with Roberto BolaNo, his last interview, was published by Melville House in "Roberto BolaNo: The Last Interview and Other Conversations."
KIT MAUDE translated "Jorge Luis Borges: The Last Interview and Other Conversations."