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Roberto Bolaño

Birthdate: 28. April 1953
Date of death: 15. July 2003
Other names: რობერტო ბოლანიო

Roberto Bolaño Ávalos was a Chilean novelist, short-story writer, poet and essayist. In 1999, Bolaño won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize for his novel Los detectives salvajes , and in 2008 he was posthumously awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for his novel 2666, which was described by board member Marcela Valdes as a "work so rich and dazzling that it will surely draw readers and scholars for ages". The New York Times described him as "the most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation". Wikipedia

Works

2666
Roberto Bolaño
The Savage Detectives
The Savage Detectives
Roberto Bolaño
Last Evenings on Earth
Last Evenings on Earth
Roberto Bolaño
Amulet
Amulet
Roberto Bolaño
The Skating Rink
The Skating Rink
Roberto Bolaño
By Night in Chile
By Night in Chile
Roberto Bolaño

„Only in chaos are we conceivable.“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book 2666

Source: 2666

„Literature was a vast minefield occupied by enemies, except for a few classic authors (just a few), and every day I had to walk through that minefield, where any false move could be fatal, with only the poems of Archilochus to guide me.“

—  Roberto Bolaño

"Meeting with Enrique Lihn" (The New Yorker,December 22, 2008)
Context: Literature was a vast minefield occupied by enemies, except for a few classic authors (just a few), and every day I had to walk through that minefield, where any false move could be fatal, with only the poems of Archilochus to guide me. It’s like that for all young writers. There comes a time when you have no support, not even from friends, forget about mentors, and there’s no one to give you a hand; publication, prizes, and grants are reserved for the others, the ones who said “Yes, sir,” over and over, or those who praised the literary mandarins, a never-ending horde distinguished only by their aptitude for discipline and punishment — nothing escapes them and they forgive nothing.

„The Eye never said good-bye to anyone. I never said good-bye to anyone either.“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book Last Evenings on Earth

Mauricio ('The Eye') Silva
Last Evenings on Earth (2006)
Context: One day I heard that The Eye had left Mexico. I wasn't surprised that he hadn't said good-bye. The Eye never said good-bye to anyone. I never said good-bye to anyone either.

„There comes a time when you have no support, not even from friends, forget about mentors, and there’s no one to give you a hand“

—  Roberto Bolaño

"Meeting with Enrique Lihn" (The New Yorker,December 22, 2008)
Context: Literature was a vast minefield occupied by enemies, except for a few classic authors (just a few), and every day I had to walk through that minefield, where any false move could be fatal, with only the poems of Archilochus to guide me. It’s like that for all young writers. There comes a time when you have no support, not even from friends, forget about mentors, and there’s no one to give you a hand; publication, prizes, and grants are reserved for the others, the ones who said “Yes, sir,” over and over, or those who praised the literary mandarins, a never-ending horde distinguished only by their aptitude for discipline and punishment — nothing escapes them and they forgive nothing.

„The sky, at sunset, looked like a carnivorous flower.“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book 2666

Source: 2666

„Every hundred feet the world changes“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book 2666

Source: 2666

„we interpret life at moments of the deepest desperation.“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book The Savage Detectives

Source: The Savage Detectives

„Poetry and prison have always been neighbors.“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book The Savage Detectives

Source: The Savage Detectives

„I'm an educated man, the prisons I know are subtle ones.“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book The Savage Detectives

Source: The Savage Detectives

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