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Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman -- these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.

In the words of The Washington Post , "With 2666 , Roberto Bolaño joins the ambitious overachievers of the twentieth-century novel, those like Proust, Musil, Joyce, Gaddis, Pynchon, Fuentes, and Vollmann, who push the novel far past its conventional size and scope to encompass an entire era, deploying encyclopedic knowledge and stylistic verve to offer a grand, if sometimes idiosyncratic, summation of their culture and the novelist's place in it. Bolaño has joined the immortals."

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Picador, [2008]
ISBN: 9780312429218
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 898 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wimmer, Natasha - Translator


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His final work published 5 years after his death.

Composed in the last years of Bolano's life, "2666" was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sport... Read More »

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FPL_ThomasF Dec 06, 2019

A complex and sprawling novel that isn't always successful (see book III, The Part about the Fates) that ultimately rings true to Literature. Just know that the gruesome aspects of this novel also have a purpose (and a message). The real question is this: are you going to get over yourself and read this book?

Apr 27, 2019

I could not finish this book. I felt like I should have read a prequel to be able to understand what was going on. I could not get halfway through it. The flow of the book also kept me from enjoying it, I understand the premise of having a run-on sentence in a story but in my opinion two pages of a run-on sentence made me cringe and skip over it till I got to the end of the sentence. I hope others can enjoy it but I personally cannot.

JCLMattC Dec 10, 2018

A vast, sprawling and interwoven five-part novel. It looks at a series of ghastly murders committed in an imaginary border city in Mexico - sometimes from a faraway, academic perspective, sometimes up close with gruesome intimacy. It's a mystery, but it isn't. It's a whodunnit, but not at all what that word usually implies. This is one of the most daunting books I've read and yet I'm immensely glad I read it. It isn't hard to read, but it's easy to become overwhelmed by the scope and the fact that this book plays entirely by its own rules.

JCLGermanP Aug 28, 2017

Empieza con una historia en Europa de profesores universitarios para de repente llevarnos a un mundo completamente diferente en una ciudad imaginaria de Mexico donde misteriosamente han muerto muchas mujeres, debemos resolver el misterio.

Nov 30, 2016

Chosen recently by el pais as the best Spanish language book of the last 25 years.

Jun 10, 2016

So it's not set in the year 2666 and it's not quite 2666 pages (it runs a slim 898), but it kinda feels like it takes 2666 hours to read. A 5-part (he was originally going to publish it as a series of shorter novels), sprawling, overflowing post-modern novel from the late Chilean author Robert Bolano, "2666," like some of Thomas Pynchon's books, almost dares you to read it. Despite its formidable size, it's not a particularly difficult read, but it can be exhausting. It can take its place with other long, maximalist novels like "Gravity's Rainbow," "Infinite Jest," and "Cloud Atlas." It is a experience to read it and I can admire its ambition and scope, but I was relieved when it was over. His other major novel is "The Savage Detectives,"

Oct 26, 2013

Published posthumously.
This 900 page book is in five parts, and in each story the protaganists end up in a town in northern Mexico where hundreds of women have disappeared. Reading Bolano is like being carried along in a tropical river, with the voyage not the destination the point. I got out about halfway.

Apr 10, 2013

This is a good book!

jplynch25 Oct 16, 2011

A novel, or a series of novels that is an experience as much as it anything. It is beautifully done, but disquieting above all. There are no resolutions, there are no answers to be found. That felt like the ultimate message. The genius is Bolano never says that, it's what you have lived through while reading that tells you that, in a new and exciting way.

Aug 08, 2011

Turgid drivel is the kindest thing I can say about this tome . After 200 pages I still couldn't get into it ad finally gave up. If there was story attached I certainly hadn't reached it by then. It reads like a list of references in a scientific paper

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