Bolaño on view

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It has been a decade since Roberto Bolaño’s first work, Night in Chile, appeared in English. Translated by Chris Andrews and published by New Directions the book first introduced  the Chilean novelist to America.

It was also the year Bolaño died.

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The Bolaño express has been going full speed since.  His work has been translated into 35  languages and at least 10 works have since been published in English including Savage Detectives and 2666, which one National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2008.

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) takes us inside the life of this  literary rock star with an exhibit titled Arxiu Bolaño (Bolaño Archive). 1977-2003.

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The exhibit is structured around “three interconnecting themes, which express some of the more constant threads that weave throughout the creative universe of the author.”

With support from the Bolaño estate the exhibit features unpublished and never-before-seen items.

Novels, short stories, poems, miscellaneous texts and notebooks, correspondence, family photographs, magazines and fanzines, his personal library, a plethora of interviews, strategy board games and other valuable materials that provide greater insight into Bolaño’s creative universe and help produce a freer, more prolific interpretation of his work

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There is a catalog available for purchase and for viewing online

My Bolaño Archive by Lisa Locascio at the Los Angeles Review of Books got me started.

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