(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
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest