Telephone Calls brings together fourteen tales of very different content but all of them following the same leading thread: the literary recreation of daily situations. They display a variety of characters who become victims of the circumstances or of their own limitations. Many of these characters are writers. As background of the story comes forth the drama of the missing people in Argentina and glimpses at the solitude of exile. Another tale narrates the story of another unsuccessful writer, Henry Simon Leprince, who is incapable of living without literature even though it only offers him misfortune and trouble. Leprince has finally understood and accepted that good writers need bad ones even if they only serve as readers or as shields. Sensini's devotion to the cause drives him to save the lives of many successful fellow-writers who despised and hated him. Some tales deal with stories drawn from oral tradition, such as "El Gusano"; a picturesque character who sees time and life go by from a bench in a park, or the love story tinged with nostalgia of a veteran porno actress, Joanna Silvestri recounting a moving moment of her existence; or that of a Blue Division soldier, or a Russian Mafia capo or gangster in the twilight of his life; or even the tale of a couple of Chilean policemen who recall the terrible years of dictatorship with its wake of torture and disappearances.
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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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