Bolaño has joined the immortals.
The Washington Post

Published in Spain just before Bolaño’s death, A Little Lumpen Novelita percolates with a fierce and tender love of women

A Little Lumpen Novelita

Fiction by Roberto Bolaño

Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer

“Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime”: so Bianca begins her tale of growing up the hard way in Rome. Orphaned overnight as a teenager—“our parents died in a car crash on their first vacation without us”—she drops out of school, gets a crappy job, and drifts into bad company. Her younger brother brings home two petty criminals who need a place to stay. As the four of them share the family apartment and plot a strange crime, Bianca learns how low she can fall.

Electric and tense with foreboding, A Little Lumpen Novelita —the last novel Roberto Bolaño published in his lifetime—delivers a surprising, fractured tale of taking control of one’s fate.

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Paperback (published March 21, 2016)

ISBN
9780811225151
Price US
13.95
Price CN
17.95
Page Count
128

Clothbound (published March 21, 2016)

ISBN
9780811223355
Price US
19.95
Price CN
21.95
Page Count
128

Ebook (published March 21, 2016)

ISBN
9780811223362
Page Count
128

Roberto Bolaño

Twentieth-century Chilean poet and novelist

Bolaño has joined the immortals.
The Washington Post
Bolaño’s best trick, and greatest gift, ever.
Gawker
Bolaño is always refreshing to read because things are never what they seem.
—Randy Rosenthal, Tweed’s Magazine
A Little Lumpen Novelita, while short, is among Bolano’s most intoxicating works. Obsessive and ambiguous, its open-ended nature is reflective not only of the protagonist but of the author himself. And it further cements him as a master of the form, of any form.
—Juan Vidal, NPR
As for Bolaño, what can one say? One of our greatest writers, a straight colossus.
—Junot Diaz
One of the best books of the year—A Little Lumpen Novelita feels as substantial as a book three times as long… This is a glittering gem, as maddening and haunting as you’d expect from Bolaño.
—Gabe Habash, Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
A Little Lumpen Novelita is a piece of intelligent realism without any sermons.
El País
A Little Lumpen Novelita is brave and beautiful, a ‘quiet storm’ that reminds us what a joy it is to read Bolaño’s intimate writing.
Revista Rocinante