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Poesía reunida
By (author): Roberto Bolano
9781984898043 Paperback, Trade Spanish General Trade POETRY / Caribbean & Latin American Aug 20, 2019
$29.00 CAD
Active 5.16 x 8.2 x 1.36 in 688 pages Vintage Español Vintage Espanol
A revised edition of Roberto Bolaño’s complete works of poetry, for the first time in a single volume.

Roberto Bolaño always felt, in essence, like a poet, despite the fact that he achieved world recognition through his prose. This volume collects, in addition to those published in La Universidad Desconocida (The Unknown University), Los perros románticos (The Romantic Dogs), and in Tres, more than sixty poems that appeared in magazines, plaquettes and collective volumes during Bolaño’s literary beginnings, and that have since remained untraceable.

In his poetry, he delves into the fundamental themes of his narratives: love, death, exile, literature or politics. The expressive economy, the formal and thematic audacity, the vanguardism, the provocation and the poetic tension make Bolaño one of the most unique modern exponents of contemporary poetry in Spanish.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Called “The Gabriel García Márquez of our time” by The Washington Post, Roberto Bolaño is widely considered one the most important 20th century writers in any language. 2666 was named one of the best books of the year by the most important newspapers and magazines, including Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, New York Times Book Review, NPR, Salon, Seattle Times, Time Out, Time, and The Village Voice.

BESTSELLER: Bolaño’s work has won not only critical acclaim, but has also had very high sales worldwide. In Spanish in the U.S., 2666 netted over 25,000 copies in paperback, while Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives) netted over 19,000 in paperback.

VINTAGE ESPAÑOL BACKLIST AUTHOR: Since 2017, Vintage Español has published all Spanish-language works of Roberto Bolaño, totaling 12 titles.

A LESSER-KNOWN SIDE OF A LITERARY GIANT: While Bolaño rose to international acclaim mostly for his fiction, this collection of poetry portrays a lesser-known side of this work that still embodies the provocative, inimitable style that his readers worship.

ONLY OFFICIAL SPANISH EDITION IN THE U.S.: This book was previously available in Spanish in the U.S. by Alfaguara in 2014. Vintage Español’s edition will now be the only edition available. No English-language edition is yet available, either.

Roberto Bolaño was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953, but spent most of his life in Mexico and Spain, where he died at age 50. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including 2666, Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives), Estrella distante (Distant Star), and Nocturno de Chile (By Night in Chile). In 2008 he posthumously received the National Book Critics Circle Award for 2666.

Publicity: Targeted mailing of finished books to literary publications and radio shows

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Praise for Roberto Bolaño:

“He was an experimental writer who invented new forms and was a very independent and critical voice.”—Mario Vargas Llosa

“To read the poet is to follow a path that begins with expectation, with hope, even knowing that we expect the unexpected from such a journey: something new, something surprising.”—Guillermo Guillermo Lorén González, Paperblog

“Bolaño has proved that literature can do everything.”—Jonathan Lethem

“A very remarkable writer, one of the best of his generation.”—Jorge Edwards

“One of the most respected and influential writers of [his] generation…At once funny and vaguely, pervasively, frightening.”—John Banville, The Nation

“His vigilant and graceful language, his way of constructing texts that are at once disconcerting, brilliant and infinitely familiar, is a way of resisting evil, adversity and mediocrity.”—Raphaëlle Rerolle, Le Monde

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