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Cowboy Graves
Three Novellas
By (author): Roberto Bolaño Translated by: Natasha Wimmer
9780735233584 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Short Stories Feb 16, 2021
$30.00 CAD
Active 5.78 x 8.56 x 0.75 in | 0.7 lb 208 pages Penguin Canada Hamish Hamilton
One more voyage to the literary universe of Roberto Bolaño, an essential voice of Latin American literature.

Roberto Bolaño’s boundless imagination and seemingly inexhaustible gift for shaping the chaos of his reality into enduring fiction is unmistakable in these three exhilarating novellas. In “Fatherland,” a young poet reckons with the fascist overthrow of his country, as a friend disappears in the violence that ensues and a Third Reich fighter plane mysteriously writes her poetry in the sky overhead. In “French Comedy of Horrors,” in the wake of an eclipse a seventeen year old answers a pay phone and finds himself recruited into the Clandestine Surrealist Group, a secret society of artists based in the sewers of Paris. And in the title novella, Arturo Belano—one of the recurring heroes of Bolaño’s fiction—returns to Chile after the coup to fight for socialism.

Cowboy Graves is an unexpected treasure from the vault of a master of contemporary fiction. These three fiercely original tales bear the signatures of Bolaño’s extraordinary body of work, echoing the strange characters and uncanny scenes of his fiction, while deepening our understanding of his profound gifts.

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

ROBERTO BOLAÑO (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain. A poet and novelist, he has been celebrated as “by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long

time” (The Los Angeles Times), and as “the real thing and the rarest” (Susan Sontag). Among his many prizes are the prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. He is widely considered to be the greatest

Latin American writer of his generation. His books include The Savage Detectives, 2666, By Night in Chile, Distant Star, Last Evenings on Earth, The Spirit of Science Fiction, and The Romantic Dogs.

Author Hometown: Santiago, Chile

Marketing: Library and Indie outreach

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.” 
The Guardian  

“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.”
—Booklist

“Each story reveals a centrifugal writer with a brilliant command of words and no fear of a plot’s getting away from him.”
—Kirkus Reviews

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