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Nazi Literature in the Americas (English Edition) Kindle-editie
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|Kindle-editie, 20 april 2017|| |
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"Probeer het later opnieuw"
Featuring several mass-murdering authors, two fraternal writers at the head of a football-hooligan ring and a poet who crafts his lines in the air with sky writing, Roberto Bolaño's Nazi Literature in the Americas details the lives of a rich cast of characters from one of the most extraordinary imaginations in world literature.
Written with sharp wit and virtuosic flair, this encyclopaedic group of fictional pan-American authors is the terrifyingly humorous and remarkably inventive masterpiece which made Bolaño famous throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
Over de auteur
The poet CHRIS ANDREWS teaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where he is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. He has translated books by Roberto Bolano and César Aira for New Directions. He has won the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize for his poetry and the Valle-Inclan Prize and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize for his translations. --Deze tekst verwijst naar de hardcover editie.
This book, brilliantly and rambunctiously written, is a denunciation of homegrown fascism.--Joshua Cohen "Forward" --Deze tekst verwijst naar de hardcover editie.
- ASIN : B06XXFYQL2
- Uitgever : Picador; Reprints editie (20 april 2017)
- Taal : Engels
- Bestandsgrootte : 3698 KB
- Tekst-naar-spraak : Ingeschakeld
- Schermlezer : Ondersteund
- Verbeterd lettertype : Ingeschakeld
- X-Ray : Niet ingeschakeld
- Word Wise : Ingeschakeld
- Printlengte : 272 pagina's
Beste recensies uit andere landen
Here you will meet strange and mediocre persons who just don't write but some are corrupt and some are members of death squads and torturers. This book is a great satire and also parody, with some exceptionally black humour, so don't worry if at times you want to laugh out loud. Full of short biographies of writers, including a bibliography as well as short bits on secondary characters this is a book that admittedly a lot of people will not appreciate, but even so why not give it a go? I must admit that I am biased, being a massive Bolano fan, ever since I first got my hands on 'The Savage Detectives'.
Ultimately this book asks the fundamental question whether art is pure or whether it prostitutes itself so those that practise it can remain alive and free. If you enjoy this you may be interested in another book which is a novel based on the section in this book of Carlos Ramirez Hoffman, it is 'Distant Star' by the same author. Although this book is about fascists it would work just as well if it was about communist regimes, both are totalitarian.
You would be forgiven for getting carried away and forgetting this is fiction, indeed there are some fictional books mentioned in this that I wish were real, so that I could buy them.
Roberto Bolaño set out to create a spoof reference book, setting put the biographical details of various fictitious writers from the Americas who were to lesser or greater extents right wing. They ranged from writers who openly glorified the Hitler regime to those who simply seemed a bit strange. Occasionally the biographical details are amusing - football hooligans who lead their mobs through the medium of poetry; neo-Nazis rewriting the future as though the Germans had won the war and conquered outer space; verbose and marginal writers shuffling from one minor publishing house to another. One can marvel at the brevity of the lives of many of these writers, or their predisposition towards incarceration.
But ultimately, this is just a list of made-up names and dates and it becomes repetitive. There is little by way of plot or any real characterization; it's just a catalogue. Stretching a point, one might try to see some insight into the character of the fictitious compiler of the catalogue (also called Roberto Bolaño) who appears as a character in one of the biographies (Carlos Ramirez Hoffman). One might try to see what could motivate someone to research such marginal literary characters. Then again, one might ask why the real Bolaño would spend so much time inventing such marginal characters.
There's a further debate that could be had - perhaps after exhausting the debate about how many angels would fit on the head of a pin - as to whether it matters that it's all made up. Are the characters in Bolaño's novel any less real than a list of real writers of whom nobody had ever heard?
As a complete work, Nazi Literature has a beauty. It is self contained; it has just enough cross linkages to be convincing; it has appendices; it is mostly written in an academic style of understatement. It is like a painting or a statue perhaps, designed to be appreciated as a whole rather than a sum of its parts. But read from cover to cover, Nazi Literature quickly becomes tiring and dull. It is repetitive and, since none of the references is true, it cannot link back to real life.
One for completists, I think.