Introduction by Marcela Valdes
Melville House Publishing, Brooklyn, 2009
“Literature is not made from words alone.” Roberto Bolano
A small book, containing four interviews and explanatory notes on Hispanic and Latino authors and book titles that may be unfamiliar to English readers.
I particularly appreciated the introduction by Marcela Valdes which goes into Bolano’s writing of 2666 in some detail. Great for readers of that massive work.
As for The Part About the Crimes, Bolano was in contact with Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez, a Mexican journalist who wrote about the horrors taking place in Juarez. Gonzalez Rodriguez’s book about the murders, Huesos en el desierto, has not been published in English.
I loved finding out that Moby Dick was one of Roberto Bolano’s favorite novels.