Friday, November 12, 2010
Literary Blog Hop
The good people at The Blue Bookcase have this Blog hop that covers books of literary merit and each week they pose a question.This weeks question is, What is The most difficult Literary work you have ever read ?
I have chosen to interpret it slightly differently, and have made it in recent times. So by rephrasing the question a tad
The most difficult literary work that I have read in recent times has to be, Roberto Bolano's 2666. Partly because it's in 5 parts, but mainly because of part 4 " The part about the crimes"This book covers the killing of countless women, over decades in Santa Teresa & is based on the actual events in Juarez. It’s written as hardboiled fiction & reportage.
2666 is also an unfulfilled love story, its a world war 2 epic, it’s science fiction, it’s horror, reportage, it’s a thriller, it’s a comedy, it’s a vision of hell. It’s also the vision St Thomas Aquinas had of heaven, where the righteous can enjoy their beatitude & the grace of god more richly by being granted a perfect sight of the damned.
Writers on Bolano
Argentine novelist, Rodrigo Fresian, wrote “It doesn’t make much sense to read about 2666, one must read 2666”
“He took what was there, as Joyce did with Ireland almost a century earlier – a broken society with a strange literary tradition. And he set about turning it on its head, using chaos, its unformed & unstable nature, its violence & making a myth out of that” –Colm tiobin
“Anyone who has been young & in love & besotted with poetry, can’t help but respond to Bolano. He has a natural storytellers gift – but more important, he has the power to lend an extraordinary glamour to the activities of making love & making poetry” – Edmund White
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