The Insufferable Gaucho

The Insufferable Gaucho

Book - 2010
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As Pankaj Mishra remarked in The Nation, one of the remarkable qualities of Bolano's short stories is that they can do the "work of a novel." The Insufferable Gaucho contains tales bent on returning to haunt you. Unpredictable and daring, highly controlled yet somehow haywire, a Bolano story might concern an elusive plagiarist or an elderly lawyer giving up city life for an improbable return to the family estate, now gone to wrack and ruin. Bolano's stories have been applauded as "bleakly luminous and perfectly calibrated" (Publishers Weekly) and "complex and provocative" (International Herald Tribune), and as Francine Prose said in The New York Times Book Review, "something extraordinarily beautiful and (at least to me) entirely new." Two fascinating essays are also included.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, c2010
ISBN: 9780811217163
0811217167
9780811217156
0811217159
Characteristics: 164 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Andrews, Chris 1962-

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Aug 09, 2012

Nothing like Bolaño to take you out of your comfort zone. I am not a rat, but now I have a much much better sense of what it's like to be one, and thus know better what it's like to be human. The adjective 'brilliant' is typically overused when describing writers. In the case of Bolaño, it is not. Brilliant.

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