If you haven’t heard of Roberto Bolaño yet, you will soon.
—Benjamin Lytal, New York Sun

Last Evenings on Earth

Fiction by Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolano’s story collection Last Evenings on Earth was acclaimed by Francine Prose in The New York Times Book Review as “something extraordinarily beautiful and (at least to me) entirely new…. Reading Roberto Bolano is like hearing the secret story, being shown the fabric of the particular, watching the tracks of art and life merge at the horizon and linger there like a dream from which we awake inspired to look more attentively at the world.” “The melancholy folklore of exile,” as Bolano once put it, pervades these fourteen haunting stories. His narrators are usually writers living on the margins and grappling with private (and often unlucky) quests. Set in the Chilean exile diaspora of Latin American and Europe, and peopled by Bolano’s beloved “failed generation,” these stories are unimaginably gripping. One story begins: “Mauricio Silva, also known as ’The Eye,’ always tried to avoid violence, even at the risk of being considered a coward, but violence, real violence, is unavoidable, at least for those of us born in Latin America during the fifties and sixties and were about twenty years old at the time of Salvador Allende’s death.” Last Evenings on Earth has been hailed as “sheer brilliance” (The San Francisco Chronicle), “vaguely, pervasively frightening” (The Nation) and “brilliant” (Kirkus Reviews). The stories, as Publishers Weekly noted are “perfectly calibrated: Bolaño limns the capacity of a voice to carry despair without shading into bitterness.”

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Paperback (published April 1, 2007)

ISBN
9780811216883
Price US
13.95
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Page Count
256

Clothbound (published April 1, 2007)

ISBN
9780811216340
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5x8
Page Count
256

Ebook (published April 1, 2007)

ISBN
9780811220545
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13.95
Page Count
256

Roberto Bolaño

Twentieth-century Chilean poet and novelist

If you haven’t heard of Roberto Bolaño yet, you will soon.
—Benjamin Lytal, New York Sun