Return Cl

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2010-07-29
Publisher(s): New Directions
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As powerful as Last Evenings on Earth  March 27, 2011
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I bought this textbook few weeks ago and I was impressed by the content, throughout these stories in the textbook, the reader becomes hypnotized by the succession of Bolano's images, by the lives he depicts, and by the metaphysical suggestions and possible symbols of his stories, despite the fact that Bolano does not make grand pronouncements or create a formal, organized, and ultimately hopeful view of life.

Return Cl: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


The Return is a collection of short stories by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño, published in English in 2010, translated by Chris Andrews. This volume contains all the stories from Bolaño's two Spanish language collections, Llamadas Telefonicas (1997), and Putas Asesinas (2001), which have not been previously included in the 2006 collection Last Evenings on Earth.

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 Return contains thirteen unforgettable stories bent on returning to haunt you. Wide-ranging, suggestive, and daring, a Bolaño story might concern the unexpected fate of a beautiful ex-girlfriend or a dream of meeting Enrique Lihn: his plots go anywhere and everywhere and they always surprise. Consider the title piece: a young party animal collapses in a Parisian disco and dies on the dance floor; just as his soul is departing his body, it realizes strange doings are afoot” and what follows next defies the imagination (except Bolaño's own). Although a few have been serialized in The New Yorker and Playboy , most of the stories of The Return have never before appeared in English, and to Bolaño's many readers will be like catnip to the cats.

Here is the eagerly anticipated second volume of stories by Roberto Bolaño. Tender or etched in acid; hazily suggestive or chillingly definitive: a trove of strangely arresting, short master works.

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