Antwerp
Antwerp
Translated by Natasha Wimmer


This book is actually a labyrinth. —Recommended by Dia, City Lights Books

Antwerp's signature elements—crimes and campgrounds, drifters and poetry, sex and love, corrupt cops and misfits—mark this, his first novel, as pure Bolaño.

As Bolaño's friend and literary executor, Ignacio Echevarría, once suggested, Antwerp can be viewed as the Big Bang of Roberto Bolaño's fictional universe. Reading this novel, the reader is present at the birth of Bolaño's enterprise in prose: all the elements are here, highly compressed, at the moment when his talent explodes. From this springboard—which Bolaño chose to publish in 2002, twenty years after he'd written it ("and even that I can't be certain of")—as if testing out a high dive, he would plunge into the unexplored depths of the modern novel.

Antwerp’s fractured narration in 54 sections—voices from a dream, from a nightmare, from passers by, from an omniscient narrator, from "Roberto Bolaño" all speak—moves in multiple directions and cuts to the bone.

Title Antwerp
Author Roberto Bolaño
Translated by Natasha Wimmer
Publisher New Directions
Title First Published 17 May 2012
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 0811219917
ISBN-13 9780811219914
Publication Date 17 May 2012
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $10.95
 


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