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Distant Star (1996) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

The "star" of Robeto Bolano's hair-raising Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, who exploits the 1973 coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry: a multimedia enterprise involving sky-writing, torture, photography, murder, and verse.

For our unnamed narrator, who first encounters this "star" in a college poetry workshop, Ruiz-Tagle becomes the silent hand behind every evil act in the darkness of Pinochet's regime. The narrator, unable to stop himself, tries to track Ruiz-Tagle down, and sees signs of his activity over and over again. A corrosive, mocking humor sparkles within Bolaņo's darkest visions of Chile under Pinochet. In Bolaņo's world there's a big graveyard and there's a big graveyard laugh.

Original title: Estrella distante
Original languages: Spanish


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

Edition #1: Distant Star

Distant Star (2004)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Christopher Andrews
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Distant Star (December 12, 2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: New Directions
ISBN: 0811215865
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.9 x 0.5 in
Pages: 149

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