A witty, sardonic poetry, the likes of which could be called ‘unimproved’––lacking the polish of shiny commodity. With Bolaño, we encounter not only the ‘fist-fucking’ but ‘feet-fucking’ in a poem that also mentions Pascal, Nazi generals, Shining Path bonfires, and a teenage hooker. With Bolaño, the explicit description of a sexual encounter is fragmented by temporal disjunctions, heuristic leaps of thought and a barking dog; in the end, God and an author show up… The poems shine their beery light on life’s romantic dogs; dreamers, detectives, and poets who do double-time as saints and martyrs.

—Forrest Gander, Nation

“Bolano wrote with the high-voltage first-person braininess of a Saul Bellow and an extreme subversive vision of his own.” –Francisco Goldman, The New York Times Magazine

Romantic Dogs

Poetry by Roberto Bolaño

Translated from the Spanish by Laura Healy

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Paperback (published November 1, 2008)

ISBN
9780811218016
Price US
15.95
Price CN
17
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
128

Roberto Bolaño

Twentieth-century Chilean poet and novelist

A witty, sardonic poetry, the likes of which could be called ‘unimproved’––lacking the polish of shiny commodity. With Bolaño, we encounter not only the ‘fist-fucking’ but ‘feet-fucking’ in a poem that also mentions Pascal, Nazi generals, Shining Path bonfires, and a teenage hooker. With Bolaño, the explicit description of a sexual encounter is fragmented by temporal disjunctions, heuristic leaps of thought and a barking dog; in the end, God and an author show up… The poems shine their beery light on life’s romantic dogs; dreamers, detectives, and poets who do double-time as saints and martyrs.

—Forrest Gander, Nation