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By I. López-Calvo

Roberto Bolaño is taken into account some of the most influential Latin American writers of his new release. the 1st English-language quantity at the Chilean writer, essays deal with such subject matters as Borges's impact, social reminiscence, allegory, and neoliberalism and talk about works like 2666 , The Savage Detectives , and far away superstar .

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Part I General Overview Chapter 1 Writing with the Ghost of Pierre Menard: Authorship, Responsibility, and Justice in Roberto Bolaño’s Distant Star Rory O’Bryen In the short preface to Distant Star (1996), Roberto Bolaño frames his novel as a revised version of the story of Lieutenant Ramírez Hoffman told at the end of his fictional encyclopedia, Nazi Literature in the Americas (1996). , a veteran of Latin America’s doomed revolutions” (1)1—Bolaño’s fictional source and alter ego—he promises an expansion of the “grotesque” story of that infamous poet turned pilot and serial killer around the time of the coup of 1973.

Consejos de un discípulo de Morrison a un fanático de Joyce seguido de Diario de bar. Barcelona: Acantilado, 2008. Print. Bolognese, Chiara. Pistas de un naufragio: cartografía de Roberto Bolaño. Chile: Editorial Margen, 2009. Print. Braithwaite, Andrés, ed. Bolaño por sí mismo. Entrevistas escogidas. Santiago de Chile: Universidad Diego Portales, 2006. Print. Corral, Wilfrido H. Bolaño traducido: nueva literatura mundial. Madrid: Ediciones Escalera, 2011. Print. Cortázar, Julio. Rayuela. Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1963.

As he continues his reading, he feels his “whole life being sucked into the sewer” (124), and admits that he too had wanted to be included in the list of “New Chilean poets” (139–40). So why, then, does he feel not relief, but anxiety, when Romero kills his double, his semblable, his frère? What induces this disquiet in the final analysis, and what bathes the novel in melancholy, is not just that in conspiring in Wieder’s demise, the narrator has conspired with the “subordination of the public to the private” that the military had instantiated through its declaration W R I T I N G W I T H T H E G H O S T O F P I E R R E M EN A R D 31 of the state of the exception (Williams, “Sovereignty and Melancholic Paralysis” 138).

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