Estrella distante is a fable about an impostor. A man with many names, many masks, many lives but with no other moral than the aesthetic. In Allende's time he appears with the name of Alberto Ruiz Tagle, a poetry enthusiast frequenting literary and poetic circles of a small Chilean town. But when the President is overthrown and the military appear in all their crudeness he becomes Carlos Wieder, the bloody and cruel soldier refined enough to make an art out of crime. The narrator of the story investigates the figure of Carlos Wieder, a pilot and so-called poet who acquires a shady fame writing threatening Bible verses with the smoke of his Second World War plane on Santiago de Chile sky and who exhibits the photographs of those e tortured and executed during Pinochet's coup in a display of action-art. In the climate of dictatorship, violence and confusion among the orgies of repression, he organises the exhibition of the photographs he took of his victims during and after their assassination. The confusion between violence, death and the aesthetic will embarrass Wieder superiors. After becoming an outstanding and devilish member of the Chilean avant-garde aesthetics, the murderer poet disguises himself, disappears and deceives time, although always maintaining a constant in his personality: the fusion between creation and violence, poetry and crime, moral and cynicism.
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his youth Bolaño was a nomad, living at one time or another in Chile,
Mexico, El Salvador, France and Spain, where he finally settled down in the
early eighties in the small catalan beachtown of Blanes. He died in
Barcelona in 2003 of a liver disorder he suffered from for more than a
He was awarded several prizes, among them, the Municipal Prize for Literature Santiago de Chile - the country's most prestigious literary prize - for Llamadas telefonicas in 1998.In the same year he was also awarded the Herralde Prize for Los detectives salvajes, which in 1999 also achieved the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, the most coveted award for fiction in Latin America. Nocturno de Chile was selected by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of The Ten Best Books of 2003. His last book, 2666, has been elected the best book of 2004 by the main Spanish and Latin American cultural supplements and newspapers and awarded, posthumous, with the Ciudad de Barcelona Prize, the Salambó Award, awarded by Spanish writers, the Altazor Award, awarded by Chilean writers, and the Municipal Prize for Literature Santiago de Chile.
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