A GENIUS IN HIS PRIME: These three novellas were written simultaneously with Bolaño’s masterpieces. These small scale works are as accomplished as his best writing, and will delight literary fans.
THE FINAL BOOK?: The Bolaño family believes these to be the final complete pieces in the author’s extensive archive left benind after his death. While new discoveries are always possible, this appears to be the final “new” Bolaño book.
A LITERARY GIANT: Bolaño is one of our most brilliant and influential contemporary writers, the author of 2666, By Night in Chile, and The Savage Detectives, a novelist who reconceived modern fiction.
NATASHA WIMMER, BACK AGAIN: Natasha Wimmer, one of the most gifted translators working today, reunites with Bolaño on this book after her celebrated translations of 2666 and The Savage Detectives.
GREAT PARTNER: We have a strong partner in Penguin Press US.
Praise for Roberto Bolaño
“He took what was there, much as Joyce did with Ireland almost a century earlier—a broken society with a strange literary tradition. And he set about turning it on its head, using its chaos, its unformed and unstable nature, its violence, and making a myth out of that, something stable and everlasting, raising it to the very highest level of literary achievement. Like Joyce…he made each book more ambitious so that it will take us many years to come to terms with his vast achievement.”—Colm Toibin
“The Savage Detectives may have made Bolaño’s name, but his posthumous publications—from the galactic 2666 to the winsome Spirit of Science Fiction—have cemented his legend. He left behind a vault to rival Prince’s ’Paisley Park’…. The effect of Cowboy Graves is less the piecing together of a puzzle than the recentering of a whole, mythic world.”
—Garth Risk Hallberg, The New York Times Book Review
“Bolaño readers can survey [Cowboy Graves] to glimpse into his artistic process, into the fountain of his creativity…. One of Bolaño’s great narrative skills is his ability to casually express the enigma of life, the lacuna between humanity’s capacity for comprehension and the world’s unknowable…. His writing is global and encyclopedic, curative and addictive, and vibrant and visceral.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
“Cowboy Graves contains writing completed over a period of 10 years, and features many of the touchstones Bolaño was known for: semi-autobiographical narration; a humorous, fragmentary style; and the sort of intrigue that grabs hold of you and never lets go, despite offering no easy answers.”
—Chicago Review of Books
“Companionable, exotic, witty and glamorously suggestive.”
“Bolaño’s brilliant oeuvre expands with another bright starburst, this one comprising three separate yet thematically connected novellas…Bolaño’s inimitable style and searing vision will appeal to fans and new readers alike.”
“Each story reveals a centrifugal writer with a brilliant command of words and no fear of a plot’s getting away from him.”
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