Winner of the prestigious Rómulo Gallegos Prize in 1999, Los detectives salvajes is the first of the author's large body of works to be translated into English as the The Savage Detectives*. (Also in our collection, his short stories Last Evenings on Earth).
This major work by Chilan born Roberto Bolano recounts 17 year-old Juan García Madero's initiation into the militant literary movement started by young poets Arturo Belano (Bolaño's alter ego) and Ulises Lima in the 1970s in Mexico City. The three, with a fugitive prostitute in tow, set out in quest of Mexican poet Cesárea Tinajero, who apparently disappeared in the Sonoran Desert in the 1920s. This road trip spanned a decade, took the travelers to Guatemala, Barcelona, Paris, Israel, Congo, Liberia, and the U.S., and in large part, being told through voices of the people they met along the way.
Humorous and tragic, "Bolano fashions an engrossing lost world of youth and utopian ambition, as particular and vivid as it is sad and uncontainable”. ~ Publishers Weekly . Roberto Bolano died of liver failure at the age of 50 in 2003. Obituary
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