Nazi Literature in the Americas (Paperback)

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By Roberto Bolano, Chris Andrews (Translator)
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The idea impromptu encyclopedia of fictional extremely Right Wing writers is absurd enough as is; that Bolano's Nazi Literature in the Americas manages to be both witty and touching is maybe even more ridiculous. A wonderful, accessible introduction to Bolano's work.

— Justin


Nazi Literature in the Americas was the first of Roberto Bolano's books to reach a wide public. When it was published by Seix Barral in 1996, critics in Spain were quick to recognize the arrival of an important new talent. The book presents itself as a biographical dictionary of American writers who flirted with or espoused extreme right-wing ideologies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It is a tour de force of black humor and imaginary erudition.

Nazi Literature in the Americas is composed of short biographies, including descriptions of the writers' works, plus an epilogue ("for Monsters"), which includes even briefer biographies of persons mentioned in passing. All of the writers are imaginary, although they are all carefully and credibly situated in real literary worlds. Ernesto P rez Mas n, for example, in the sample included here, is an imaginary member of the real Or genes group in Cuba, and his farcical clashes with Jos Lezama Lima recall stories about the spats between Lezama Lima and Virgilio Pinera, as recounted in Guillermo Cabrera Infante's Mea Cuba. The origins of the imaginary writers are diverse. Authors from twelve different countries are included. The countries with the most representatives are Argentina (8) and the USA (7).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811217941
ISBN-10: 0811217949
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: May 29th, 2009
Pages: 227
Language: English