Los detectives salvajes
Los detectives salvajes

The Savage Detectives

Los detectives salvajes

Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, the so-called "wild detectives", who are bound together not only for their occasional drug-dealing activities but also for their common condition as poets of the most rabid avant-garde style, set out on a journey to follow thetracks of Cesarea Tinajero, a mysterious and eminent writer who disappeared somewhere in Mexico during the years immediately after the Revolution. Their search takes them to the Sonora desert where Tinajero's tracks were lost in the 1920s. The journey however, is more than the search for Cesarea Tinajero, it is an eternal one, an infinite flight, where both travellers seem to have no other aim but to disappear in the immensity of a geographical space with no limits other than those set by the planet itself. The journey and its outcome lasts twenty years, from 1976 to 1996 - the canonical time for any wandering. Arturo Belano's journey, after a long stay in Spain, ends at the heart of the darkest Africa. Ulises Lima's destiny takes him to Mexico, France, Israel, Austria and Nicaragua and he will choose precisely the Sandinist Nicaragua to disappear in, leaving no trace behind him. The story bifurcates through multiple characters and continents in a novel where everything can be found.

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Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño

This author is no longer represented by Anagrama.

Roberto Bolaño was born on April 28, 1953, in Santiago, Chile .For most of
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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