2666: A Novel

Roberto Bolano

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genre Literature and Fiction ยป General Literature
publisher Picador
publish date September 1, 2009
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Reviews

  • By Judd Morse -

    One of the most complex and engrossing novels I’ve ever read. I can’t recommend this one enough. While the length of the book can be a little intimidating, 2666 is actually a collection of five small novels. Each novel focuses on a different character or group of characters, all of whom are somehow tied to the fiction town of Santa Teresa (based on Ciudad Juarez) and somehow connected to the hundreds of murders committed in the area over the course of several years. Bolano was one of the greats.

  • By Madeline Moulton -

    Five mini novels combine to form this 900 page tome, with seemingly disparate characters and stories twining and dancing around one another. Each story is connected to a fictional Mexican town near the US border, where over the span of ~10 years hundreds of women and girls are assaulted and murdered. Bolano’s centralization of these crimes makes for a difficult reading experience, so DO NOT read this if you are triggered by sexual violence. However, if you decide to embark on this literary journey, expect an author with encyclopedic knowledge and a poetic sensibility. Bolano explores insanity, masculinity, and mass violence through a dream-like, mirage inducing approach where nothing is ever what it seems.

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