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Who better than Chris Andrews, translator of 10 of Roberto Bolaño’s books, Here, Andrews makes the case for why Distant Star should be. The star of Roberto Bolaño’s hair-raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits the coup to launch his own version of the. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño.

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It seemed to take forever to reach the surface and then he could hardly manage to keep himself afloat, but he did.

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He flies to Bolanoo. The story stretches in time and space: The ominous political reality of Chile in the s and after pervades Distant Star. Wieder also appears at first as a would-be poet, but he’s a different sort — and a different talent — than all the others in the local poetry-circles.

A couple of episodes only, no more than ten pages in all, but they are what give the book its true impact.

Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño

Carlos Wieder, meanwhile, moved on to other quests. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

In the vertiginous first chapter of Distant Star, we descend rapidly from the student world, of late nights, literature, and hopeless poetic passions, to the ghastly realities of military repression, murders, disappearances, and an all together uncertainty on what the future holds.


The transition from Ruiz-Tagle into Wieder is already a radical act, as brutal a transformation as that of Chile itself as it moved from Allende to Pinochet; indeed, Wieder is nothing so much as a both abstract and real representative of Chile itself.

Written in the skies

Was that possible in the Chile of that era? Trivia About Distant Star. A corrosive, mocking humor sparkles within Bolano’s darkest visions of Chile under Pinochet. See and discover other items: Vedremo come prosegue il mio viaggio. This was robeeto story that needed to be told. It had such an effect on me.

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Weider going rpberto Ruiz-Tagle roberyo the women because he was a poet and they innately trust the poet as a person of great depth and beauty. The aviator is none other than Ruiz-Tagle, now serving in the Chilean air force under his bopano name, Carlos Wieder, and writing nationalist slogans in the sky.

Bolano’s spare prose lends his narrator’s account a chilly precision—as if the detachment of his former classmate had become his country’s, and his own. Un libro muy recomendado para los interesados en profundizar en la obra del escritor.

The left-wing narrator, now in jail, reads them from his prison yard. The narrator seems to be unable to go back to being that innocent, loving poet, especially after he realizes that Weider killed the bplano twins that had parties for the Leftist Poets. A poet is forced into the Chilean air force and starts a new literary movement by writing poems in the sky above the Andes mountains His destiny is suddenly reconnected with that of Wieder when a Chilean private detective turns up at his home in Spain.


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Let it be known that I love this writer’s works, and ‘The Savage Detectives’, distatn particular. Fascist villains as well as leftist heroes move easily throughout the Americas and Europe, adopting and discarding identities as they go. A chilling novel about the nightmare bolanoo a corrupt and brutal dictatorship.

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Quotes from Distant Star. New York Rights Fair. A brilliant miniature of the tenderness and sadism of s Southern Cone poetry and politics. It has been suggested that he was at one time a heroin addict and that the cause of his death was a robertp illness resulting from Hepatitis C, with which he was infected as a result of sharing needles during his “mainlining” days.