Sunday, May 9, 2010
The SAVAGE DETECTIVES - Roberto Bolano ( trans- Natasha Wimmer)
"The most spiritual human beings, assuming they are the most courageous, also experience by far the most painful tragedies: but it is precisely for this reason that they honour life, because it brings them against its most formidable weapons". Nietzche (T.O.T.I)
" The Visceral Realists are meteorites, streaking through the sky,radiating impending doom".
Gustavo .E. Raynal.
"To you, the bold venturers & adventurers, & who-ever has embarked with cunning sails upon dreadful seas, to you who are intoxicated with riddles,who take pleasure in twilight, whose soul is lured with flutes to every treacherous abyss - for you do not desire to feel for a rope with a cowardly hand; and where you can guess to hate to calculate...". Nietzche (E.H.)
This novel spans a couple of decades, crosses continents & dives deep below the underbelly of Latin American society. Its cast of poets, some are thieves - all are victims whether by choice or not - explode across the page to die seconds later, some hang by their fingernails for a while longer before being left in some dingy dive wittering to themselves that they have more to offer. But the tale, as with
life, has left them & moved on.
For an interesting article on Robero Bolano- www.nybooks.com/articles/22171/