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By Roberto Bolaño

THE  POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS” (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)  Composed within the final years of Roberto Bola?o’s lifestyles, 2666 was once greeted throughout Europe and Latin the USA as his maximum fulfillment, surpassing even his prior paintings in its strangeness, attractiveness, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters contains teachers and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage pupil and her widowed, mentally volatile father. Their lives intersect within the city sprawl of SantaTeresa—a fictional Ju?rez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, the place thousands of younger manufacturing unit staff, within the novel as in existence, have disappeared.

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Both of them paid it lip service, of course. But in practice, neither believed in friendship or loyalty. They believed in passion, they believed in a hybrid form of social or public happiness (both voted Socialist, albeit with the occasional abstention), they believed in the possibility of self-realization. The salient point is that one called and the other said yes, and one Friday afternoon they met at the London airport and got a cab to a hotel, then another cab, now very close to dinnertime (they had made a reservation for three at Jane & Chloe), to Norton’s apartment.

Until probably the week before, she added, she’d loved him still, and now she could attest that the part of her past that included him was behind her for good. I’m suddenly keen on my work, she said, and on all those little everyday things that make human beings happy. And she also said: I wanted you, my patient Piero, to be the first to know. Morini read the letter three times. With a heavy heart, he thought now wrong Norton was when she said her love and her ex-husband and everything they’d been through were behind her.

Pelletier imagined Espinoza’s plane engulfed in flames, crashing onto a runway at the Madrid airport in a screech of twisted steel. “Maybe we should turn on the television,” he said. Norton looked at him and smiled. I never turn on the television, she said, smiling, surprised that Pelletier didn’t already know that. Of course, Pelletier did know it. But he hadn’t had the spirit to say: let’s watch the news, let’s see whether some plane wreck appears on the screen. ” he asked. “Of course,” said Norton, and as Pelletier bent over the knobs of the set, he saw her out of the corner of his eye, luminous, so natural, making a cup of tea or moving from one room to another, putting away a book that she had just shown him, answering the phone and talking to someone who wasn’t Espinoza.

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