A trove of strange, arresting, short masterworks – five stories and two essays – by Roberto Bolaño, a writer who pulls bloodthirsty rabbits out of his hat

The Insufferable Gaucho

Fiction by Roberto Bolaño

Translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews

As Pankaj Mishra remarked in The Nation, one of the remarkable qualities of Bolaño’s short stories is that they can do the “work of a novel.” The Insufferable Gaucho contains tales bent on returning to haunt you. Unpredictable and daring, highly controlled yet somehow haywire, a Bolaño story might concern an elusive plagiarist or an elderly lawyer giving up city life for an improbable return to the family estate, now gone to wrack and ruin. Bolaño’s stories have been applauded as “bleakly luminous and perfectly calibrated” (Publishers Weekly) and “complex and provocative (International Herald Tribune), and as Francine Prose said in The New York Times Book Review, “something extraordinarily beautiful and (at least to me) entirely new.” Two fascinating essays are also included.

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Paperback (published August 30, 2010)

ISBN
9780811219068
Price US
14.95
Price CN
16
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
144

Clothbound (published August 30, 2010)

ISBN
9780811217163
Price US
22.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
144

Ebook (published August 30, 2010)

ISBN
9780811220538
Price US
22.95
Page Count
144

Roberto Bolaño

Twentieth-century Chilean poet and novelist