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New Year's Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala. Their quest: to track down the obscure, vanished poet Cesarea Tinajero. A violent showdown in the Sonora desert turns search to flight; twenty years later Belano and Lima are still on the run.
The explosive first long work by "the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time" (Ilan Stavans, "Los Angeles Times"), "The Savage Detectives "follows Belano and Lima through the eyes of the people whose paths they cross in Central America, Europe, Israel, and West Africa. This chorus includes the muses of visceral realism, the beautiful Font sisters; their father, an architect interned in a Mexico City asylum; a sensitive young follower of Octavio Paz; a foul-mouthed American graduate student; a French girl with a taste for the Marquis de Sade; the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky; a Chilean stowaway with a mystical gift for numbers; the anorexic heiress to a Mexican underwear empire; an Argentinian photojournalist in Angola; and assorted hangers-on, detractors, critics, lovers, employers, vagabonds, real-life literary figures, and random acquaintances.
A polymathic descendant of Borges and Pynchon, Roberto Bolano traces the hidden connection between literature and violence in a world where national boundaries are fluid and death lurks in the shadow of the avant-garde. "The Savage Detectives "is a dazzling original, the first great Latin American novel of the twenty-first century.
Title: The Savage Detectives
Edition: First American edition
Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus & Giroux: 2007
ISBN Number: 0374191484
ISBN Number 13: 9780374191481
Book Condition: Near Fine
Jacket Condition: near fine Jacket
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 000279
Description: 577pp. Bottom of spine is bumped as well as several portions of bottom boards, and some extraneous glue from the manufacturing process is on outside top edge of pages near spine. Complete number line (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10). Book is unread. Jacket is protected by an archival Brodart cover.