Woes of the True Policeman

Woes of the True Policeman by Roberto Bolaño

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Begun in the 1980s and worked on until the author`s death in 2003, Woes of the True Policeman is Roberto Bolaño`s last, unfinished, novel.

The novel follows Amalfitano – exiled Chilean university professor and widower with a teenage daughter – as his political disillusionment and love of poetry lead to the scandal that will force him to flee from Barcelona and take him to Santa Teresa, Mexico. It is here, in this border town – haunted by dark tales of murdered women and populated by characters like Sorcha, who fought in the Andalusia Blue Division in the Spanish Civil War, and Castillo, who makes his living selling his forgeries of Larry Rivers paintings to wealthy Texans – that Amalfitano meets Arcimboldi, a magician and writer whose work highlights the provisional and fragile nature of literature and life.

Woes of the True Policeman is an exciting, kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense yet darkly humorous. Exploring the roots of memory and the limits of art, it marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature.

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Roberto Bolaño (Spanish Roberto Bolaño Ávalos ) April 28, 1953, Santiago - July 14, 2003, Barcelona Chilean poet and prose writer, son of immigrants from Galicia.  Biography Since 1966 he lived with his parents in Mexico, in 1973 he returned to his homeland to participate in the socialist reforms of Salvador Allende, but was caught by Pinochet`s coup d`état. He participated in the resistance to the new regime, was arrested, released at the request of an influential classmate. In 1974 he returned to Mexico, where he headed the avant-garde literary group "infrarealists", inspired by the experience of dada and surrealism.  Creativity He made his debut with the book of poetry "Sparrows on top" (1975). From 1977 he traveled to Europe and North Africa, in 1978 he settled in Catalonia, changed many professions, was a grape picker, night watchman, shop assistant, studied sculpting, before fully taking up journalism and literature. In his own prose, where a criminal plot is combi...

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Roberto Bolaño (Spanish Roberto Bolaño Ávalos ) April 28, 1953, Santiago - July 14, 2003, Barcelona Chilean poet and prose writer, son of immigrants from Galicia.  Biography Since 1966 he lived with his parents in Mexico, in 1973 he returned to his homeland to participate in the socialist reforms of Salvador Allende, but was caught by Pinochet`s coup d`état. He participated in the resistance to the new regime, was arrested, released at the request of an influential classmate. In 1974 he returned to Mexico, where he headed the avant-garde literary group "infrarealists", inspired by the experience of dada and surrealism.  Creativity He made his debut with the book of poetry "Sparrows on top" (1975). From 1977 he traveled to Europe and North Africa, in 1978 he settled in Catalonia, changed many professions, was a grape picker, night watchman, shop assistant, studied sculpting, before fully taking up journalism and literature. In his own prose, where a criminal plot is combined with the dreamy fantasy of a thriller and the element of literary play, he often performed under the name Arturo Belano. Died of liver cancer after ten days of coma.  Works * Consejos de un discípulo de Morrison a un fanático de Joyce / Morrison`s apprentice advises the fanatic Joyce (1984, novel, co-authored with Antonio Garcia Porta). * La pista de hielo / Skating rink (1993, novel, prize of the city of Alcala de Henares). * La literatura nazi en América / Nazi Literature in America (1996, novel in encyclopedia form). * Estrella distante / Distant star (1996, story). * Llamadas telefónicas / Telephone calls (1997, short stories, Santiago de Compostela Prize, San Sebastian International Literary Prize). * Los detectives salvajes / Wild detectives (1998, novel, Romulo Gallegos Prize, Venezuela, Spanish Herralda Prize, Chilean National Council Prize for Books and Reading). * Amuleto / Amulet (1999, story). * Monsieur Pain / Monsieur Pen (1999, novel). * Nocturno de Chile / Chilean Nocturne (2000, novella). * Los perros románticos. Poemas 1980-1998 / Romantic dogs. Poems 1980-1998 (2000, Irun City Literary Prize). * Putas asesinas / Killers of easy virtue (2001, short stories). * Amberes / Detective Amberes (2002, novel). * Una novelita lumpen / Lumpen tale (2002). * El gaucho insufrible / The intolerable gaucho (2003, short stories). * Entre paréntesis / In brackets (2004, essays, journal notes, reviews, interviews). * 2666 (2004, novel, Salammbo Prize, Barcelona). * El secreto del mal / The Riddle of Evil (2007, short stories). * La universidad desconocida / Unknown University (2007, poems).  Translations into Russian * Chilean Nocturne. M .: Makhaon, 2006 (also includes the story "Distant Star").  Bibliography * Roberto Bolaño: La escritura como tauromaquia / Celina Manzoni, ed. Buenos Aires: Corregidor, 2002. * Territorios en fuga. Estudios críticos sobre la obra de Roberto Bolaño / Patricia Espinosa, ed. Santiago: Frasis, 2003. [url = http: //ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%91%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%8C%D0%BE, _% D0% A0% D0% BE% D0% B1% D0% B5% D1% 80% D1% 82% D0% BE]