Reading Between Parentheses is not like sitting through an air-conditioned seminar with the distinguished Señor Bolaño. It’s like sitting on a barstool next to him, the jukebox playing dirty flamenco, after he’s consumed a platter of Pisco Sours. You may wish to make a batch yourself before you step onto the first page.

—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Now in paperback — the sole collection of the great Chilean writer’s essays

Between Parentheses

Nonfiction by Roberto Bolaño

Translated by Natasha Wimmer

Between Parentheses collects Roberto Bolaño’s nonfiction: fiercely opinionated articles, speeches, essays, and talks, as well as most of the newspaper columns he wrote during the last five years of his life, when fame had come to him at last. Here we have a tender account of his return to Chile, reflections on family life, impassioned takes on books by writers Bolaño admired (or vehemently despised), and advice on how to write a short story.

Between Parentheses fully lives up to Bolaño’s own demands: “I ask for creativity from literary criticism, creativity on all levels.”

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Paperback (published May 27, 2014)

ISBN
9780811222723
Price US
18.95
Price CN
20
Page Count
400

Ebook (published May 27, 2014)

ISBN
9780811220507

Roberto Bolaño

Twentieth-century Chilean poet and novelist

Reading Between Parentheses is not like sitting through an air-conditioned seminar with the distinguished Señor Bolaño. It’s like sitting on a barstool next to him, the jukebox playing dirty flamenco, after he’s consumed a platter of Pisco Sours. You may wish to make a batch yourself before you step onto the first page.

—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

A spellbinder.

Newsweek

Bolaño has proven that literature can do anything.

—Jonathan Lethem

Lies and memoirs get along swimmingly.

—Roberto Bolaño

The closest thing, among all his writings, to a kind of fragmented ‘autobiography.’

—Ignacio Echevarría

Electrifying.

Time

The very highest level of literary achievement.

—Colm Tóibín

An exemplary literary rebel.

—Sarah Kerr, The New York Review of Books

In these essays we hear Bolaño’s real voice.

—Marcela Valdes, The Nation