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Distant Star - Roberto Bolaño, Chris Andrews
Distant Star
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A chilling novel about the nightmare of a corrupt and brutal dictatorship.The star of Roberto Bolaño's hair-raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits the 1973 coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry, a multimedia enterprise involving... show more
A chilling novel about the nightmare of a corrupt and brutal dictatorship.The star of Roberto Bolaño's hair-raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits the 1973 coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry, a multimedia enterprise involving sky-writing, poetry, torture, and photo exhibitions. For our unnamed narrator, who first encounters this "star" in a college poetry workshop, Ruiz-Tagle becomes the silent hand behind every evil act in the darkness of Pinochet's regime. The narrator, unable to stop himself, tries to track Ruiz-Tagle down, and sees signs of his activity over and over again. A corrosive, mocking humor sparkles within Bolaño's darkest visions of Chile under Pinochet. In Bolaño's world there's a big graveyard and there's a big graveyard laugh. (He once described his novel By Night in Chile as "a tale of terror, a situation comedy, and a combination pastoral-gothic novel.") Many Chilean authors have written about the "bloody events of the early Pinochet years, the abductions and murders," Richard Eder commented in the The New York Times: "None has done it in so dark and glittering a fashion as Roberto Bolaño."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 0811215865
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 150
Edition language: English
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Parrish Lantern's Casebook
Parrish Lantern's Casebook rated it
4.0 Distant Star
Alberto seems as an enigma to his fellow poets, a slightly aristocratic individual, adored by the women, yet he comes across as polite but disinterested to the male members of the college circle, who are in fact a bit jealous of him and his cool styling. This is all thrown into disarray after Pinoch...
NicolaW
NicolaW rated it
4.0 Distant Star
An engrossing, tense and disturbing read. I was sad that I lacked the background to appreciate fully the deeper subtleties.
To Read Is to Fly
To Read Is to Fly rated it
4.0
This short novel has some similar elements to The Savage Detectives, but it's much darker. Bolaño looks at the sinister side of Latin American poetry movements and politics, as he explores the dark careers and identities of Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, aka Carlos Wieder, a member of the Chilean air force who...
AC
AC rated it
What a wonderful, magnificent, tender book... Bolaño is... was a genius
WorldInColour
WorldInColour rated it
4.0 Het lichtende kwaad / druk Heruitgave
Een soort van parodie op het geïsoleerde gebeuren van poëzie enerzijds en een mooie schets van het Chili onder Pinochet anderzijds. Soms uitbundig lange zinnen, maar na een pagina of twintig heb je de smaak wel te pakken. Eerder fascinerend kortverhaal.
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