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The Unknown University

by Roberto Bolaño

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Wonderfully unreserved. 

—Sarah Kerr, The New York Review of Books

A deluxe edition of Bolaño’s complete poetry

The Unknown University

Poetry by Roberto Bolaño

translated from the Spanish by Laura Healy

Perhaps surprisingly to some of his fiction fans, Roberto Bolaño touted poetry as the superior art form, able to approach an infinity in which “you become infinitely small without disappearing.” When asked, “What makes you believe you’re a better poet than a novelist?” Bolaño replied, “The poetry makes me blush less.” The sum of his life’s work in his preferred medium, The Unknown University is a showcase of Bolaño’s gift for freely crossing genres, with poems written in prose, stories in verse, and flashes of writing that can hardly be categorized. “Poetry,” he believed, “is braver than anyone.”

published July 11th, 2013
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